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There have been several specific times and moments that have defined
American history. It is because of these moments that the United States, and the world
in general, is what it stands to be. Major historical events are often referred to as turning
points because they have led to important political, social and/or economic changes.
Two of the most important turning points in history have been the United States’
entrance into World War II and the end of the war itself.
Our entry into the war drastically changed American life. The Japanese bombing
of Pearl Harbor gave the US the perfect opportunity to officially entered WWII. Prior to
this, America had only one foot in the door. We were supplying arms to the British
through the lend-lease act since they shared a similar governing style. We also set up
the destroyers for bases deal in which we gave naval warships to the British in return for
protection of our Army and naval bases near them. America was able to make money
through the British while not needing to use that money to fund an army at war.
Additionally, America’s economy was in shambles and joining the war could either be
very beneficial or detrimental to the nation. While America had moved away from the
isolationist ideology, we were now trying to be as neutral as possible. However, we
were supporting all nations that were for freedom and preparing to combat those who
weren't. Many Americans were itching to enter the war since they knew it could help end
the Great Depression. What occurred only a few years after the start of the war would
give America the opportunity.
A surprise early morning attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor would finally
force America into WWII. American life changed greatly due to our entry into the war.
The floodgates had opened and all hands were needed to support this war. Since nearly
all men were fighting in the war, women began fighting for the war. They began working
in factories and building ships and planes. Many believe this war was fought and won by
the women of America. Propaganda icons such as Rosie the Riveter and her “we can
do it” motto served as inspiration and fueled the fire that was support for this war.
Wartime rations had also been set in place. The soles of shoes stopped being made
from leather to save the material for the war. Metal was also a hot...