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America's Biggest Stars Go on Tour to Raise Money for War
Summary of Event
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In the 1940's, cartoonists incorporated bonds and stamps in the
cartoons to advertise buying them.
Many stars sang and recorded songs that incorporated the war.
All kinds of different celebrity's volunteered to help in the effort. Stars like sports stars, famous artists, movie stars, famous singers, comic makers, and comedians all participated. Hollywood stars raised money by touring the country and giving concerts. Sports stars played charity games or held meet and greets.
The impact was tremendous. Stars Over America and War Bonds was a significant reason the allies won the war. This just show that when America works together it can make a huge difference.
Judy Garland(Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz") giving a speech on tour.
This is how bonds were bought. Stamps would be for sale at a local post office.
Here is a picture of the singer Kate Smith and her total bonds sold per day.
FIRST HAND ACCOUNT
"I think it is outrageous that movie stars have to wheedle and beg people into buying bonds to help their country. But if that is the way it is, I'm going to squeeze all I can out of everybody."
It was told that she was never afraid to state her opinion or to help raise money for her country.
FACTS AND STATISTICS
- 337 stars participated.
- More that half of the U.S. population contributed to war bonds.
- Stars even went on small/ local radio shows.
- Famous paintings went on tour to raise money.
- Stars did it so soldiers felt like they were still fighting for their homeland.
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