The Home Front - Indiana Area School District

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The War Production Board (WPB)
• Director James F. Byrnes
• Banned using materials at
home that were needed
for the war by our
military: “critical,
essential, or strategic.”
• Copper, tobacco, chewing
gum, coca-cola
• Loans and grants for plant
• Tax breaks for production
• American Bantam, Butler
PA builds first jeep
• Rosie the Riveter (song)
Songs in History: Rosie the
All the day long, Whether rain or shine,
She's a part of the assembly line. She's making history,
Working for victory, Rosie the Riveter.
Rosie video clip
Keeps a sharp lookout for sabotage,
Sitting up there on the fuselage.
That little girl can do more than a man can do.
Rosie's got a boyfriend, Charlie.
Charlie, he's a Marine. Rosie is protecting Charlie,
Working overtime on the riveting machine
When they gave her a production "E", She was as proud as a girl could be,
There's something true about,
Red, white, and blue about, Rosie the Riveter.
Click for Ken Burns clip on rationing
The Home Front
1941 FDR created the Office of
Civilian Defense (OCD)
Pearl Harbor convinced people to
treat Civilian Defense more
States and communities formed
their own councils.
Women and students volunteered
as plane spotters.
Towns conducted black out drills.
“Get those lights out!”
People were encouraged to
report anything suspicious.
German American saboteurs
were arrested on Long Island
with large amounts of explosives
and plans to railroads, bridges,
and factories.
War Bonds
Radio announcer sign off: “Bye,
Bye, Buy Bonds.”
Students bought 10-cent and 25cent stamps to fill in a book to be
traded in for a $25 dollar bond.
Sold $135 Billion, not nearly
Scrap drives: rubber, aluminum,
tin cans, blood, etc
Conservation drives: “Use it up,
wear it out, make it do or do
Drive slower and save rubber
“V-mail” tissue thin paper to save
space on cargo ships and planes.
People felt like they were part of
the war effort.
•Even a song: Bonds Today
Sacrificing for the Troops
Songs in History
Any Bonds Today? :
Any bonds today?Bonds of freedom
That's what I'm selling Any bonds today?
Scrape up the most you can
Here comes the freedom man
Asking you to buy a share of freedom today
Any stamps today? We'll be blest,If we all invest
In the U.S.A. Here comes the freedom man
Can't make tomorrow's plan
Not unless you buy a share of freedom today
The tall man with the high hat and the whiskers on his chin
Will soon be knocking at your door and you ought to be in
The tall man with the high hat will be coming down your way
Get your savings out when you hear him shout "Any bonds today?“
Any bonds today? All you give, Will be spent to live In the Yankee way.
Scrape up the most you can, Here comes the freedom man
Asking you to buy a share of freedom today!