Once entering World War II all of America seemed to focus its efforts towards the war. But they also needed all the resources they could get. There was a military to supply and feed and that meant U.S citizens would have to cut down on some things.
Now all America needed was money to fund the war. And where else would they get it other than from its people.
Types of Rationing
Uniform Coupon rationing meant everyone got the same amount of the same commodity
Certificate rationing only allowed individuals to get a product if they proved it was something they really needed
Point rationing provided equivalent shares of commodities by coupons for points which could be spent on any combination of items
Differential Coupon rationing made it so people got a single product in an amount that went with their needs
What was Rationed
Food, Fuel, Nylon, and ect.
Sugar and coffee had been the first to go.
People felt they needed more than they were getting. Black market comes in. Sugar, meat, and fuel were its main products.
America Needed Money
Over $300 billion was spent on fighting and supporting our allies
($4 Trillion today)
Government turned to citizens to help pay. They would spend about $18.75 for a $25 war bond. The government would use this money in war production and in ten years the citizens could turn in the war bond and get $25.
The government wanted everyone to invest in war bonds. Ads were created to appeal to mothers, farmers, and all other types of people. Celebrities were even hired to advertise war bonds and this allowed many of them to stay out of the fight.
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