The United States During World War II

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The start of World War Two led to a rapid economic surge throughout the United States. Factors that caused this included the increased military need for manufacturing, the mobilisation of previously unemployed workers, and the expansion of industry spurred by the war effort. These things, coupled with dramatic spending by the federal government, made manufacturing an influential part of the American economy. Although it is possible that America could have economically recovered without the war, the United States used WWII to propel into an era of strengthened economic influence internationally.
Like other nations, the interwar period was mostly a time of depressed economics in the United States. President Roosevelt’s now infamous New Deal legislation had taken steps to reduce unemployment, but had not returned the U.S. to the desired levels of prosperity. This was, at least in part, due to the projects of the New Deal being relegated to only large civil work projects such as dams and reforestation. These works had created a large increase in jobs, but had only made a dent in the skyrocketing numbers of unemployed Americans in the 1930s. Though the topic of finding and retaining employment was usually not far from the minds of everyday citizens, many times the idea of increasing these government backed works were still unpopular. Though Americans were worried about their possible financial ruin, but they were still clinging to their fears of an even stronger federal system…
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