World War II
President FDR's Leadership during WWII
Franklin D. Roosevelts Leadership Qualities
2. FDR possessed the charisma to connect with Americans all across the country.
3. FDR was very self confident.
4. FDR possessed noblesse oblige, a sense of patrician duty or responsibility toward others.
5. FDR possessed a strong character.
6. FDR had a clear vision on what he wanted to do to help America.
7. FDR has the political skills to get his vision achieved.
8. FDR had a great reputation.
During the great depression FDR did not want to change America into another country, but to bring America back to its regular state of health. Already in the 1920s and ’30s, FDR was committed to transform the American people from isolationists to global citizens. He believed it would be fatal for the U.S. to do nothing in the face of militant Fascism, Nazism, and Communism. Long before Pearl Harbor he stubbornly persisted in wanting to help the British resist the Nazis, over the opposition of a majority of the American people as well as senior advisors like his Army chief of staff, George C. Marshall, and his ambassador to the U.K., Joseph Kennedy.
To help fund this efforts of WWII, the government turned to ordinary Americans. The United States Treasury offered Americans a series of War Bonds they could purchase during the war. A War Bond was both an investment in one’s country and an investment in one’s own financial future.
To save money for the war, the Government of the United States decided to give out ration books to create a way for most of the items to go to the war. For example, nylon was not used by Americans due to the fact that the soldiers needed it during WWII, while foods such as flour or canned goods, were on ration so that most of the items could be saved for the war.
Many woman (even my great aunt!) joined the red cross to help volunteer for the war. Now if you volunteered for the red cross it did not mean always that you went to the war sites, this meant you were just to help out on military bases in America.
The victory gardens were created to help Americans grow their own food so that the food supply would be plenty during the war. This way Americans were able to have food while the rest of the food supply would go to soldiers in the war.
Office of War Information
The United States Office of War Information was a United States Government agency created during World War II to consolidate existing government information services and deliver propaganda both at home and abroad.
Industrial Production Changes
War production profoundly changed American industry. Companies already engaged in defense work expanded. Others, like the automobile industry, were transformed completely. In 1941, more than three million cars were manufactured in the United States. Only 139 more were made during the entire war. Instead car companies made things to help the war. Such as engines for cars, fuselages, guns, trucks, airplane engines, and many other things.