President Roosevelt's leadership
Volunteerism in World War II
American red cross involvement in World War II preceded the entrance of the United States into conflict when hostilities began in Europe 1939 the red cross became the chief provider of relief supplies for the civilian victims. The Red Cross responded to a request by the U.S. government to begin a blood donor service to produce life saving plasma for the armed forces in anticipation of America's entry to war.
Industrial Production changes
War production profoundly changed American industry companies already engaged in defense work expanded. Wartime production boomed as citizens flocked to meet the demand for labor. While 16 million men and women marched to war, 24 million more moved in search of defense jobs often more pay than previously had ever earned. Eight million women stepped into the work force and ethic groups such as African Americans and Latinos found job opportunities as never before.