Los Angeles in World War II

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During World War II, the Los Angeles region underwent rapid industrial growth as Kaiser Steel opened a giant mill in Fontana, and the aircraft giants—North American Aviation, Lockheed, Douglas, and Hughes—expanded with war contracts. The war economy's demographic and ethnic dimensions included women and African Americans entering factory work and troops streaming through Union Station to San Pedro for embarkation. The Zoot Suit Riots defined the tensions between servicemen and the Mexican American community, and the internment of Japanese Americans led to the eventual disappearance of established neighborhoods. The war inspired home front efforts by local civic and academic institutions, by the entertainment industry, and by émigrés from Nazi Germany. It led to the training of civilian corps, rationing, and vigilance for enemy activities. American participation in World War II from 1941 to 1945 energized the region's growing industrial infrastructure and spurred postwar economic and housing development.
ISBN: 9780738581811
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
A team of authors affiliated with the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Public Library—including Ruth Wallach, Dace Taube, Claude Zachary, Linda McCann, and Curtis C. Roseman—has selected images from these extensive photographic archives to illustrate the impact of World War II on the Los Angeles area.
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