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World War II

After Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Americans united to defeat the Axis powers of Germany and Japan. Thousands of Hoosier men and women trained to join the fight.

Across Indiana, military installations and ordinance plants created thousands of new jobs and private industry shifted to wartime production. As labor demand increased, women and blacks found work despite continued discrimination.

On the home front, Hoosiers learned to cope with limited quantities of food and shortages of gasoline and other commodities. Communities raised funds with war bond and stamp sales. Students collected metal, rubber and paper to recycle into war production. Everyone knew the stress of night-time blackouts and air-raid drills. Still, Hoosiers found time to enjoy movies, music and other entertainment as they waited for the war's end.

Media

Available for purchase from the Basile History Market:

Ernie Pyle's War: A Documentary on Ernie Pyle, World War II Correspondent

IHS Press Youth Biography Series

Available for purchase from the Basile History Market:

Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu

The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle

IHS Press Books for Adults

Available for purchase from the Basile History Market:

An Army in Skirts

One Shot: The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi

IHS Traveling Exhibit

Available for loan from IHS Local History Services:

One Shot: The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi

Special Notice

Educators receive a 25% discount on purchases from the Basile History Market.