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· The government started forcing people to ration products such as bread, meat, sugar, coffee, butter, shoes, and gasoline.
· The use of certain fabrics was limited because they were being used for military purposes. Due to this clothing became very plain (no ruffles, extra pockets, or wide leg pants).
· Travel was restricted so people were not going on vacations or driving long distances.
· Because of the rationing that was occurring, people started to grow their own gardens, make their own clothes, and fix thing themselves.
· People started recycling scrap metal, tin, etc.
· Prices of goods were higher.
· To help finance the war the government raised taxes.
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· People started moving to where the factories were that were producing ships, planes, and tanks for the military.
· People worked longer hours.
· Wages rose by 70% during the war.
· Women began working in these factories and taking the jobs of men who were serving in the military.
· Discrimination was banned in the defense industry, so more African Americans and immigrants were employed than ever before.
· However, discrimination still existed, especially for Japanese Americans.
· The government set up internment camps to hold Japanese Americans.
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· Farmers were exempted from serving in the military so they could produce more food.
· These U.S. farmers produced enough food to feed the US and most of the world including Britain, the Soviet Union, U.S, and U.S citizens.
· Because of this, even though there was rationing, Americans ate better during the war than before the war because the farmers produced so much food.

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· Good things were happening even though a war was going on.
· Because so many people were working they had more money.
· The birthrate went up.
· People became very patriotic.
· People read more books and magazines.
· Baseball and movies became very popular.