World War II: Home Front
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the declaration of war against Japan, December 1941.
A poster urges women to register for the armed services, c. 1944.
A recruitment poster printed by the Office of War Information, c. 1943.
Actress Rita Hayworth sacrifices her car's bumpers to help meet wartime demand for metal.
An African-American riveter working at Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, c. 1943.
A group of women welders at the Shipbuilding Corp. in Pascagoula, Mississippi, 1943.
Women filled traditionally male jobs, such as mail carriers, during the war.
Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" paintings appeared in the pages of the Saturday Evening Post in the spring of 1943.
A military officer posts the Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1, requiring evacuation of all people of Japanese descent living on Bainbridge Island, in Puget Sound, Washington, c. 1942.
A Japanese-American proprietor in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles rushes to sell off merchandise before evacuation.
A poster printed by the Douglas Aircraft Company for its material conservation program, c. 1943.
A poster urging Americans to conserve water for the war effort, c. 1943.
A Japanese-American child waits with the family's baggage before boarding a bus headed for an internment camp, 1942.
A young man wearing a zoot suit and hat, 11 June 1943.
On the streets of Los Angeles, U.S. servicemen wield wooden clubs during a "zoot suit" riot, June 1943.
Twelve of the "Sleepy Lagoon" defendants: (first row) Gus Zamora, Manuel Reyes, Bobby Telles, Manny Delgado, Jose "Chepe" Ruiz, Hank Ynostroza; (second row) Jack Melendez, Victor Thompson, Angel Padilla, John Y. Matuz, Ysmael "Smiles" Parra, Henry Leyvas.