Wwii: the Change That Saved America

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World War II: The Change that Saved America

There have been wars throughout the history of man. Some of these wars have been over petty arguments, and some wars have been completely justified in their cause. An example of a just war would most recently be World War II. Not only was WWII considered a good war for the majority of Americans, but it was also beneficial to the minorities of America. The two groups that benefited the most were the African-Americans and women. The main benefits of America as a whole were it pulled the country out of the depression, and it united people through sacrifice and cooperative projects. WWII was also a beneficiary war to the African-Americans and women by increasing their participation in the work force, and also helped to increase their wages. WWII was one of the major factors that helped pull America out of the Great Depression. During the years of World War II the wages of workers was at the highest that it had been since the 1920s (Henretta, et. al. 739). Wages had increased by 70% during this time (Lecture, April 11, 2013). Even though these extra wages were mostly gained by workers working overtime in the shipyards and military factories, it was still money that people had not had in twenty years (Henretta, et. al. 739). Because of all of the overtime working in the factories, manufacturing doubled (Lecture, April 11, 2013). A secondary effect of people having more money was that they were willing to spend it on more things to stimulate the country’s economy. Another effect the war had on helping The United States’ economy was the gross national product. “Between 1940 and 1945, the annual gross national product doubled, after-tax profits of American businesses nearly doubled, and farm output grew by one-third” (Henretta, et. al. 732). Once the war ended there still needed to be help keeping the economy going…...

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