Imagine this: It was World War II, and your country had just joined. There were men ready to fight for the country, women willing to take men’s place and be the power that would keep the economy rolling. However, with the volume of soldiers being sent to the military theater of the Western Front, the supplies for metal and other necessary war supplies were falling short. What else is there left to do but turn to the public for help? This was what the United States government did, and the public diligently answered in the patriotic act to help in the war effort.

Resolving the Shortages Through Rationing

The United States was initially apathetic about the ongoing war. There was no solid reason for the country to dive in, at least not until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This unsurprisingly and drastically changed the Americans’ feelings toward World War II. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in a released statement just a day after the bombing,

“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.”

The citizens volunteered to offer their patriotic support by any means that they could. America’s military had grown to almost 2.2 million soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines that very same month. Those were just volunteer “citizen soldiers” from every state of the country and different economic and social statuses.