WWII American Experience - WORLD WAR II AMERICAN EXPERIENCE...

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ASHLEY MANDOLINE | HST/165 | WORLD WAR II: AMERICANEXPERIENCE
The big question on a lot of people’s minds, is why did America go to war and when did it happen? According to The National WWII Museum, December 7, 1941 is when America’s isolation from war ended. This was ended because Japan did a surprise attack on some American military installations in the Pacific, and the worst was when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor where alot of our troops were located. Japan sent warplanes that sank and damaged at least 18 of our warships, and over 164 aircrafts. This attack went on for at least two hours, and over 2,400 militaries and civilians were killed on that day. So, what would you do if that happened? We went to war, and here were some words by our president "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." -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941(America Goes to War). Because of WWII, the economy had to make some very big improvements. Franklin Roosevelt implemented the War Production Board (dissolved 1945), and this helped lead the economy to some manufacturing under WPB contracts. Manufacturing of weapons, tanks and airplanes started to take place. FDR wanted hundreds, and thousands of planes to be created. There was actually an export of over 2.5 million trucks and about 50 million pairs of shoes. That is a lot of shoes to make. Some of the tax policies changed. In 1940, there were only about 10 percent of workers who paid their federal taxes, and by 1944 pretty much everybody paid their federal taxes. And during the war those tax rates ranged from 81-94 percent all during the war. This war though bad, it did provide over 7 million jobs. Women were even encouraged to go to work, and all of this resulted in equal protection rights for women. PAGE 1
America did not want to have to get involved in yet another European affair, because Americans wanted to improve their lives. I think if Japan would have never gone and attacked all of those places in Asia and making us think that Japan was trying to control them, we would not have cut off ties with them, and then they would not have attacked Pearl Harbor. So that is what it boils down to, the war got started because we told Japan no and they didn’t like it.

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