In the days following the Battle of Pearl Harbor the U.S. fully entered the war. And the population was expected to support the nation in its mission. As a result, life was about to change dramatically for the average American. Some alterations, though, turned out to be rather unexpected.
As America’s need for weapons increased, armament factories then needed workers. With many men joining the military, though, the duty of making war-related materials fell to women. And so females became riveters, electricians and welders for the very first time.
Outside of work hours, communities rallied together collecting scrap metal to help with the war effort. Families found their clothes, gas and food rationed. Meanwhile, so-called “victory gardens” sprang up in a bid to feed the nation with home-grown vegetables.