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WORLD WAR II’s IMPACT ON AMERICA Andrew Gladue Due: May 15, 2007 GS 200 Instructor: Denise Vaughn
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World War II’s Impact on America Gladue, Andrew WORLD WAR II’s IMPACT ON AMERICA World War II occurred during the most influential time period in America from 1939 to 1945. The War’s impact could be seen in all walks of life in our American society. The shock of the War can be seen from women’s rights and racism, to the creation of NATO and political events such as the Cold War and the Berlin Wall. The War turned America and Russia into a global imperialistic power house. The War is also held responsible for the League of Nations, whom greatly contributed to our more recent Middle East conflicts. Employment soared while our economy boomed, taking us out of the Great Depression. World War II left a lasting impact on America that forever changed our history. The first significant impact of World War II came with the Great Depression. The Great Depression was marked on Black Tuesday, October 29 th , 1929, when the stock market crashed. This sent our country into an economic downfall. America was desperate for change and needed to get back on its feet. As tension rose in Europe and Asia, society was anxious for political adjustments. From 1933 onward, Roosevelt argued a restructuring of the economy would be needed to prevent another depression, or avoid prolonging the current one. Roosevelt instilled various government programs intended to revolutionize the American economy, packaged together in a proposal called the New Deal. The New Deal programs sought to stimulate demand and provide work and relief for the impoverished through increased government spending. These programs provided government assistance to Americans in programs that exist today. Some common current reflections of the New Deal are seen in today’s food stamps, social security, the Federal Drug Administration, federal banks, and minimum wage. America needed to take quick 2
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World War II’s Impact on America Gladue, Andrew drastic measures to make sure our country could thrive during a war. This initiative led to some of our country’s greatest political developments. Military technology wasn’t the only thing that deeply improved as a result of World War II. There was a great demand for weapons, vehicles, and all the other components to war, which led to the invention of a new means of production. The assembly line was at this time perfected, as robots and new machines started showing up in the factories. This allowed factories to produce product much cheaper than ever before, which allowed Americans to reap the benefits of a flourishing market. This gave America the ability to produce more goods, thus greatly boosting our economy. The earliest known war time political movement came from the Manhattan
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