World War II: American homefront

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    WWII Timespan

  • Destroyer for Bases Deal

    U.S. trades 50 old destroyers to Britain in exchange for use of eight British Atlantic bases.
  • State Selective Service Act

    All men aged 18 to 65 were required to register in the war.
  • Drafting Begins

    Drafting Begins
    The first drafts are drawn and thousands of men are sent to drill camps.
  • Lease-Lend Plan

    US lent money to Britian, who were already under the influence of the war.
  • Fight for Freedom

    A rally held at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York was attended by many to encourage the US to declare war on Germany.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    On this day, Japanese officials launched an attack on harbor, Pearl Harbor, located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Following this attack, President Franklin Rooselvet declared war on Japan.
  • Executive Order 9066

    Executive Order 9066
    Just over two months after Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the removal from their communities and the subsequent imprisonment of all Americans of Japanese descent who resided on the West Coast.
  • War Relocation

    War Relocation
    US rounded up 120,000 Japanese Americans and sent them to relocation centers, similiar to those Nazis used on Jews.
  • Spring of 1942

    Spring of 1942
    In the spring of 1942, May to be exact, US government officials started the rationing process of food. In time of war, supplies were sacred.
  • Rosie the Riveter

    Rosie the Riveter
    Rosie the Riveter was first introduced by Norman Rockwell to enourage women to participate in the war, whether it be working on plane engines or nurses.
  • First Nuclear Chain Reaction

    Scientists at the University of Chicago created the first controlled nuclear chain reaction, this reaction would be used 4 years later as the foundation for the atomic bombs launched upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • Women's Role

    Women's Role
    American women had a drastic role in the war, with men shipped off to fight, the women were essentially supporting the home country. By the mid 1940s women’s role in factory jobs increased from 25 percent to 36 percent.
  • Race Riots

    Race riots broke out across the country in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, and Detriot.
  • Venice Attack

    Reacting to a rumor that "Zoots" have stabbed a sailor, a crowd of over 500 sailors and civilians retaliate and attack Mexican-American youths leaving a dance in a Venice Beach ballroom.
  • Japanese Curfew Enacted

    The US Supreme Court enacts a wartime curfew on Japanese Americans.
  • Japanese Americans eligible for draft

    Japanese Americans eligible for draft
    The American government allows first-generation Japanese Americans to enlist in the war effort.
  • Tokyo Bomb Raidings

    American bombers destroy 250,000 buildings and kill 83,000 in massive fire-bombing in Japanese city Tokyo.
  • Honoring Japanese Americans

    President Truman holds a ceremony to honor Japanese Americans who fought in the war.
  • Hiroshima

    US drops atomic bomb on Japanese city Hiroshima.
  • Nagasaki

    US drops atomic bomb on Japanese city Nagasaki three days after first inital bomb.