Richard Grippaldi: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers
Friday, October 26, 2018, 09:00am - 02:30pm
Material, Manpower, Morale: The Triangle of American Victory in World War II
October 26, 2018, 9am-2:30pm
Rich Grippaldi, Lecturer, Department of History, Rutgers University
American industry provided the materials with which Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the other members of the United Nations were able to defeat the Axis Powers. Yet the United States also supplied the majority of the servicemen and -women fighting the Axis in the Mediterranean, northwest Europe, and Pacific Theatres. Thus, Allied victory ultimately rested on the United States' ability to motivate its people to participate in the war effort, so that the armed forces could obtain the necessary combat manpower. The decisions of the government, private industry, and individual Americans during the war years reveal the tense relationship between military service and first-class citizenship in mid-twentieth century America.