Follow the industrial journey that took the United States from a nation perilously unprepared for war to a global superpower that led the Allies to victory in WWII.
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As war escalated in Europe, Roosevelt was faced with the monumental challenge of transforming an economically devastated nation into a production powerhouse. Find out how he and other leaders made it happen.
INDUSTRY & INNOVATION
The United States innovated everything about production in the country during mobilization—from what was made to how these groundbreaking products were created. Discover the factories, businesses and items that paved the way for victory.
THE TOOLS OF PRODUCTION
To make the machines of war, tools had to grind, bend, bore, and shape metal—and to produce a lot and do it quickly. Explore how these critical changes in tools armed the nation.
THE WORKERS & SOCIAL CHANGE
By 1944, unemployment had fallen to an astonishingly low 1.2 percent and built a workforce that included women, African Americans, and the disabled. Learn more about this shift and its results.
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