Even though the depression was devastating to some personally and professionally, the development of the state made advances. There were creation of New Debt relief programs, and many recovery measures poured federal money into Michigan. This money gave jobs to thousands of people. There was also the development of other programs that put unemployed people to work as well, including the youth; such as Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Works Progress Administration.
The arsenal of democracy also affected the economics in Michigan during this time. In 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Because of its industrial capacity, Michigan became a critical resource in the struggle to prevent Germany, Italy and Japan from dominating world power. Within hours of the attack, FBI and US Army were dispatched to Detroit. At this time soldiers were sent to protect the Ambassador Bridge and the Windsor Tunnel. The radio stations and transmitters were also monitored by the Police. There were even plans to seize all foreign born Japanese in the state if necessary. This was the transformation of Detroit to the “armorer for the allies” aka the “Arsenal of Democracy.” During this time many of the auto industry was converted to producing military materials. There were war contracts issued in which Michigan received about 10 percent of those. Agricultural communities increased the cultivated acreage to provide for the military as well. There were labor shortages which led
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- History, Great Depression, auto industry, United Auto Workers, Detroit River