Ration for The War Effort

Help out our Soldiers on the Battlefront

War Controls the Economy

When the continental United States heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, almost instantaneously, people wanted to join the war. In a few days most men had joined up for the U.S. Army, Navy, or Air-force and the economy had shifted to war production. Everyone joined the war effort in some way shape or form, but none realized the effects on their own lives. Food and other everyday needs began to decline in consumer production, for everything was going toward the war.

War Bonds

Everywhere you'd look there'd be a poster about buying war bonds. These were notes that you could purchase from $18.75 to $50 and then after the war, the government would pay you back with a little more. It was an investment you could make that would finance military operations. Around a quarter billion was spent by the government advertising these bonds and over the course of the war, 85 million Americans bought some, contributing to $185 billion dollars for the war.

The Propaganda

Not everyone jumped to the idea of less resources, so the government used commercials, ads, and posters to make sure everyone participated.

Effect on Civilians

The war was a very sentimental thing for most people. There had been an attack on American soil killing hundreds, and then families had to send their brothers and fathers off to war. They then had to live with less food and supplies for years. The American public was extremely jubilant at the end of the war, for they had to wait until the Japanese surrendered not just Germany and Italy. Food rations went unnoticed for the night because of the success, and the end. However, food rations continued until 1946 and life returned to normal as prices for sugar, meat, and butter rose.