US Entry to WWII

by Hannah Juraifani

On December 7, 1941, Japan lanuched a surprise attack on the US by attacking Pearl Habor. 2,335 servicemen were killed (with 68 civilans) and 1,178 were wounded. The following day the US declared war on Japan along with Great Britian. On December 11, 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the US. This was the US entry to WWII.

On the homefornt, the government and the people turned their economy into war-like. The auto industry produced about 1/3 of all war equinpments. The US passed the Selective Service Act of 1940 to build their army. Because of this women now have a greater role due to needing jobs to work on goods and war equinpment. The governemt issed war bonds to fund the army which than can be turn in later for a profit. They also issued rations and coupons to save money and resources to give to the army. African-Americans and other miniorties also gained some equality in both at home and on the battle field. German-Americans and Japanese-Americans were discriminated and were placed in interment camps.