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World War II

Women working in turbine factory during WWII
Women working in turbine factory during WWII

Hoosiers were not eager to join in the troubles of other nations. They remembered the costs of the Great War, now known as World War I, but with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, they rushed to the battlefields and turned their factories and fields towards the war effort. This new war required the economy to marshal all its resources to manufacture maximum numbers of planes, tanks, army uniforms, food and medicine. Indiana was an integral part in “the arsenal of democracy,” and so the daily lives of most Hoosiers on the home front were altered.

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Read about this subject in Hoosiers and the American Story

Chapter 9: The Great Depression and World War II

Related Indiana Academic Standards for Social Studies (2014)

Grade 4: 1.10, 1.11, 1.17, 2.7
USH: 5.7, 5.8

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