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Story Guides
The War at Home

These resources describe how World War II affected Americans on the homefront. Use these resources to help students understand the challenges and opportunities the war brought to the homefront. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • What steps did the federal government take to mobilize America to enter the war?
  • How did the war change the role of women in the work force? What kind of treatment did women encounter in their new roles?
  • What was the Port of Chicago disaster? What was the Bracero Program? What do these incidents tell us about the treatment of minorities during this time period?


  1. Overview: The War at Home
  2. Visuals: The War at Home (Visual)
  3. Outlines: Outline
  4. Transcripts: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Wartime Governance
  7. Lesson: 2-Women Build an Arsenal
  8. Lesson: 3-Wartime Race Relations
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Investigate Activities: Race Relations and World War II
  11. Investigate Activities: Zoot Suit Riots
  12. Photos & Illustrations: Women's Airforce Service Pilots
  13. Photos & Illustrations: World War II: African-American Marines
  14. Reference Articles: Bracero Program
  15. Reference Articles: Double V Campaign
  16. Reference Articles: Port Chicago Disaster
  17. Reference Articles: Zoot Suit Riots
  18. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: World War II poster: war bonds
  19. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: World War II: Red Cross poster
  20. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: World War II: U.S. propaganda poster
  21. Political, Government & Court Documents: Roosevelt, Franklin D.: Executive Order 8802 (1941)

MLA Citation

"The War at Home." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153070?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153070

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