● New opportunities suddenly opened up in industrial, professional, and government positions previously restricted to men. On the West Coast, one-third of the workers in aircraft manufacturing and shipbuilding were women. Women forced unions like the United Auto Workers to confront issues like equal pay for equal work, maternity leave, and childcare facilities for working mothers. ii.What was the “taste of freedom” that some women enjoyed in the workforce?
4. Visions of Postwar Freedom: a. Toward an American Century i. Compare and Contrast Henry Luce and Henry Wallace’s vision of the future of America ● Luce and Wallace both spoke the language of freedom. Luce offered a confident vision of worldwide free enterprise, while Wallace anticipated a global New Deal (international cooperation, not any single power’s rule). But they had one thing in common - a new conception of America’s role in the world, tried to continued international involvement, the promise of economic abundance, and the idea that the American experience should serve as a model for all other nations. Neither took into account the ideas that other countries might have developed as to how to proceed once the war had ended. b. “The Way of Life of Free Men” i. The National Resources Planning Board offered a blueprint for a peacetime economy based on what 3 factors? 1. Full employment 2. An expanded welfare state 3. A widely shared American standard of living
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