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        American Shipyards and the War Effort at Home | Ken Burns: The War

        View images of the American workforce taken during World War II. After the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States entered into World War II, declaring war on Japan and Germany. War changed the social and economic makeup of the country, as a vast industry needed to rise to meet the needs of military efforts. Since so many men were at war, women left homes to work in factories that built airplanes, ships, bombs, and other military weapons and supplies. Families rationed food, gasoline, and clothing. Industries like automobile manufacturers stopped and diverted their work to the war effort.

        Mobile: Segregated Shipyards | Ken Burns: The War

        Security guards at the segregated ferry terminal in Mobile. Credit: The University of South Alabama Archives.

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        Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, California| Ken Burns: The War

        Miss Eastine Cowner, a former waitress, is helping in her job as a scaler to construct the Liberty ship SS George Washington Carver, at Kaiser shipyards, Richmond, California, 1943. Photo credit: E.F. Joseph (1900-1979). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Women Polish Nose Cones | Ken Burns: The War

        Noses of A-20 attack bombers at Douglas Aviation Co. in Long Beach, California. October, 1942. Credit: The Library of Congress (LC-USE6-D-006632).

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        Collecting Scrap Metal | Ken Burns: The War

        Two children deliver metal for the war effort to a Mobile scrap yard. Credit: The University of South Alabama Archives (MN-528 E).

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        Scrap Metal Pile in Mobile | Ken Burns: The War

        Workers in Mobile, Alabama pile scrap metal for the war effort. Credit: The University of South Alabama Archives.

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        Waterbury: Women at Work | Ken Burns: The War

        Women assemble fuses at a factory in Waterbury, Connecticut. Credit: Timex Corporation.

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        Women Working as Welders | Ken Burns: The War

        Female welders laboring at the Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co. in Mobile. Credit: The University of South Alabama Archives (Addsco 2-779B).

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        Women Working on the B-17 Line | Ken Burns: The War

        Women workers on the B-17 production line at Douglas Aviation Co., Long Beach, California. October, 1942. Credit: The Library of Congress (LC-USE6-D-007812).

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        Sacramento: Peach Cannery | Ken Burns: The War

        At Bercut-Richards Packing Company at North Seventh Street and Richards Boulevard, women prepare fruit for packing, 1942. Credit: Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library (1294).

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        Mobile: Blakeley Island Housing | Ken Burns: The War

        Housing for Mobile workers on Blakeley Island. Credit: The University of South Alabama Archives (MOM-3266).

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        Mobile: Lunch Counter | Ken Burns: The War

        Image of a crowded cafe in Mobile, Alabama. The counter and tables are jammed with patrons, many listening to the radio. A "Bromo-Seltzer 24" sign hangs from the ceiling. 1941. Credit: The University of South Alabama Archives (MN-166B).

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        Welder | Ken Burns: The War

        Black woman welder, glasses on, visor up, sits straddling her work, torch in hand. Kaiser Shipyard, Richmond, California, 1943. Credit: The Library of Congress (LC-USW3-028671-C).

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        After Work | Ken Burns: The War

        In Newport News, Virginia, shipyard workers drink beer at a local bar, 1941. Credit: The Library of Congress (LC-USF 34-62709-D).

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        Working as Welders | Ken Burns: The War

        Women welders at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, California, 1943. Credit: The Library of Congress (LC-USW3-028676).

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