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S: Minh-Thu Phan

BC: Minh-Thu Phan

1: PROJECT | World War II Era Scrapbook | Minh-Thu Phan | 3/6/2012 | . . . . . . . . . . . .

2: I was brought into this beloved world on March 4, 1930. Growing up, I loved to climb on an oak tree that stood upright on our back yard. From the branches of the tree, a swing dangled from it and from time to time, I would gingerly enjoy the wind blowing on my face as I swung back and forth to the beat of a tune I was humming. When dinnertime rolls around, I would run back to the kitchen to help my mother cook. When the food is hot and ready, my mother calls the family to gather around the table and say our prayers. Hungrily, we dive into the food and eat to our heart's content.

3: On a Sunday afternoon, my family and I decided that we should go to the movie theater to see Gone With the Wind. I was filled with excitement because this movie in color. For as long as I can remember, the movies have always been in black and white. It was dreadful! I could not endure looking at a screen filled with the color of black and white because it gave the movie a gloomy appearance. The movie was superb! The sound was clear and the screen was bursting with colors. The storyline was well written. I can't wait for the next movie to be released!

4: Pearl Harbor Attack December 7, 1941

5: Newspaper had once been the only medium of mass communication and entertainment for my family. When a new medium – the radio- emerged, my father quickly ran to the nearest store and bought it for $20. It was a decent price. From then on, we gathered around the fireplace to listen to news broadcasts, sporting events, soap operas, quiz shows, and comedies.

6: In order to recover from the Great Depression, President Roosevelt implemented a series of programs. The Public Works Administration was the most helpful to my family. My father was unemployed at the time and we were short of money. Fortunately, the PWA was established, and my father found a job building bridges to support the family. What does the WPA do? The WPA allotted money to state and local governments for building roads, bridges, dams, and other public works. Such construction projects were a source of thousands of jobs. | Franklin Roosevelt

7: Pearl Harbor Attack Article Like all Americans, Connecticut residents responded to the bombing of Pearl Harbor with shock and anger. Because of their strong desire to protect their country, men rushed to enlist and provisions were made for civilian defense. The war brought about economic wealth. The economy received a boost as war industries increased production. Factories were in demand of workers; commuting increased and Connecticut became more suburban. However, many items became hard to get as supplies were sent to troops overseas. Many resources were rationed such as fuel, oil, gas, sugar, and meat was imposed and victory gardens were planted. Morale remained high, in part because wartime prosperity contrasted sharply with the Depression of the preceding decade. Following World War II, Waterbury's brass industry became grim. Starting in the 1950s, the industry suffered from declining demand, with plastic and aluminum increasingly being used as cheaper substitutes. Furthermore, workers were replaced by machines. In conclusion, World War II brought about prosperity for the country as well as devastating effects as new technologies are invented. Jobs were created as well as employees replaced by efficient machines. However, the war forced the country together and created one that can withstand all attacks and rise to be one of the most powerful country in the world.

8: It was early in the morning and everyone was wide awake. This was a usual routine day after day. On November 1942, as my family gathered around the radio, hoping and praying for some good news. The Allies had the daunting task of driving German occupying forces out of their advance positions in North Africa and the Mediterranean. By May 1943, they succeeded in taking North Africa from the Germans. D day was the most frightening of all. Under the command of General Eisenhower, this bloody, but successful attack led o the victory of the Allied Powers. During these frightening events, my heart was beating loudly, as if it would suddenly jump out of my chest. I prayed and prayed to the Lord that victory would be on our side. With a nod, he answered my prayers and all was well. The Allied Powers marched to victory and the Germany surrendered.

9: My brother, who was only ten at the time, was assigned to collect scrap metals for the war effort. He saved tin foil from gum wrappers and molds it into a foil ball until it reached a size large enough to be accepted by collection site. Because of his duty to collect the needed scrap metals, he often missed schools.

10: As part of the war effort, the government rationed foods like sugar, butter, milk, cheese, eggs, coffee, etc. Labor and transportation shortages restricted the ability to harvest and move fruits and vegetables to market. As a result, the government turned to its citizens and encouraged them to plant “Victory Gardens”. My grandfather was more than happy to do it. Every day, he would go out to water his broccoli, tomatoes, and lettuce. Because of his effort, our family was able to receive more food than normal.

11: During World War II, my mother worked at the American Red Cross. The discovery of blood types at the beginning of the 20th century made blood transfusions possible. The first “blood banks” were set up in the late 1930s. The American Red Cross collected a total of 13 million units of blood for use by the armed forces, some of it from Connecticut donors.

12: Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake An et3-1/2 cups biscuit/baking mix 2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided 1/2 cup baking cocoa 1 cup milk 1/3 cup butter, melted 1 egg white 2-1/2 pints fresh strawberries 2 cups heavy whipping cream 3 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar 1 cup chocolate syrup ernity is forever, and forever with you would be a dream come true. | Although sugar and butter were minimized, the cake was still delicious! As I bite into the soft and rich cake, it melted inside my mouth as the flavor of the strawberries stimulated my taste buds. It was my birthday and I invited ten of my closest friends to the party. We ran outside and played tag and afterwards went inside to listen to the radio. When the music start to play, we, of course, dance to the beat.

13: My family uses 30 gallons of gas per week. Because gas was vital to the war effort, the government limited our gas usage to only three gallons of gas per week. In order to conserve our gas, we were to find an alternative mode of transportation. Vacations were no longer an option and were eliminated, due to the unnecessary travel. In order to get to school, I had to ride my bike and it was a great form of exercise. If the destination was near, we would walk. However, if the car was needed, we would carpool.

14: My heart aches knowing that my brother is out there fighting in this cruel and chaotic war. He is alone, vulnerable to the dangers crawling discreetly towards him. Before I close the windows of my soul, I would pray for his safety. From time to time, I would receive a letter from him tell me is is safe and that I don't have anything to worry about. The letter reeks of optimism and happiness, but I knew better. I knew that he was in a place that is unsafe - a place that is not his home. Although I would like to hear the truth, I rather not. I do not want to envision the diabolically battle and its consequences. For now, I will just hope he come back home safe and sound.

15: LOVE | The End

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