The Military Experience

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The Military Experience
Ronnie Torres
HST165
May 17, 2016
Rick Jones

The Military Experience
Prior to the bombing at Pearl Harbor, the majority of Americans were opposed to joining the efforts in Europe. This isolationism was a mere dream, as on December 7th, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, thus ending our neutrality and “forcing” the U.S, to become involved. The surprise attack took the lives of over 2,400 civilians and military personnel alike. The bombing caused outrage and President Roosevelt responded the very next day to announce Americas involvement and, hopefully, to inspire national pride with his famous words “"No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory." ("American Rhetoric", n.d.).
Due to the demands of warfare, the U.S. economy saw great improvement. High goods demand meant more production, which also meant more laborers would be needed, which led to the labor market also seeing growth. Because of the uprising in employment, consumerism also rose. Thus, the war had stimulated growth in the American economy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented the War Production Board (WPB), which directed conversion of industries from peacetime work to war needs, allocated scarce materials, established priorities in the distribution of materials and services, and prohibited nonessential production. ("National Archives", n.d.). The WPB, though highly scrutinized, proved to be quite effective in managing the production of many military and civilian goods. When Roosevelt ordered the construction of 50, 000 planes, the WPB turned out over 90,000.
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