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World War II: Home Front Images

The U.S. Declares War

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the declaration of war against Japan, December 1941.

"For Your Own Sake"

A poster urges women to register for the armed services, c. 1944.

"She's a W.O.W."

A recruitment poster printed by the Office of War Information, c. 1943.

Scrapping Bumpers

Actress Rita Hayworth sacrifices her car's bumpers to help meet wartime demand for metal.

An African-American Riveter

An African-American riveter working at Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, c. 1943.

Riveters in Mississippi

A group of women welders at the Shipbuilding Corp. in Pascagoula, Mississippi, 1943.

Wartime Mailwoman

Women filled traditionally male jobs, such as mail carriers, during the war.

Rockwell's "Four Freedoms"

Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" paintings appeared in the pages of the Saturday Evening Post in the spring of 1943.

"Instructions to All Japanese"

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.

Preparing for Evacuation

A Japanese-American proprietor in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles rushes to sell off merchandise before evacuation.

"Jap Trap"

A poster printed by the Douglas Aircraft Company for its material conservation program, c. 1943.

"Tokio Kid"

A poster urging Americans to conserve water for the war effort, c. 1943.

Waiting for the Internment Bus

A Japanese-American child waits with the family's baggage before boarding a bus headed for an internment camp, 1942.

Sporting a Zoot Suit

A young man wearing a zoot suit and hat, 11 June 1943.

Zoot Suit Riot

On the streets of Los Angeles, U.S. servicemen wield wooden clubs during a "zoot suit" riot, June 1943.

Defendants in the "Sleepy Lagoon" Trial

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.

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