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Georgia’s
Contributions
During World
War II
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Lesson Essential
Question:
How did contributions to
the war effort affect
Georgia’s people and
economy?
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Georgia’s Contributions:
People
• Men and women joined the
military after Japan
bombed Pearl Harbor
• 320,000 Georgians served
in the armed forces
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Georgia’s Contributions:
People
• Citizens recycled
• Citizens grew more of
their own food
• Many women left home to
work jobs so that
production could continue
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Distributed Summarizing
With a partner, answer the
question under “People” on your
graphic organizer:
Which of the sacrifices by
Georgians during WWII would
you be willing to make? Why?
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Georgia’s Contributions:
Military Bases
Georgia’s military bases played a
crucial role in preparing the
nation’s soldiers for war.
Many soldiers, sailors, and
aviators were trained in Ga.
Georgia’s Contributions:
Military Bases
Some of the major bases in Georgia
include:
• Fort Gordon in Augusta
• Fort Benning in Columbus
(the largest infantry training
school in the world)
• Fort Stewart in Savannah
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Fort Benning in Columbus
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Fort Stewart in Savannah
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Georgia’s Contributions:
Military Bases
Several of the bases in
Georgia also served as
prisoner of war camps which
housed Germans and Italians.
Many prisoners stayed in
Georgia after the war.
Distributed Summarizing
With a partner, answer the question
under “Military Bases” on your
graphic organizer:
What was the most important
role that Georgia’s military
bases played in World War II?
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World War II was also
good for Georgia’s
economy.
Between 1946-1955,
500 new factories began
production throughout the
state
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Georgia’s Contributions:
Air Support
• Robins Air Service Command
served as a training facility
for the army air corps
(U.S. Air Force)
• It employed 15,000 civilians
• The town of Warner Robins
was born during this time
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Georgia’s Contributions:
Air Support
• The federal government
established Bell Aircraft in
Marietta
• Produced 600 B-29
bombers
• Created hundreds of jobs
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Bell Aircraft in Marietta
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Distributed Summarizing
With a partner, answer the question under
“Air Support” on your graphic organizer:
If Robin’s Air Service Command
and Bell Aircraft were not
established, how would it have
impacted World War II? What if
they were built in another state?
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Georgia’s Contributions:
Shipyards
• Southeastern Shipbuilding
Corporation in Savannah built
over 80 ships
• J.A. Jones Shipyard in
Brunswick built over 100 ships
• Called “Liberty Ships” because
Roosevelt said they would “bring
liberty to Europe”
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J.A. Jones Shipyard in
Brunswick
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Georgia’s Contributions:
Other
• Georgia’s textile industry
produced goods to support
the war
• Farmers grew lots of food
to feed the troops and
citizens at home
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Distributed Summarizing
With a partner, answer the questions under
“Shipyards” and “Other” on your graphic organizer:
Shipyards: Identify the location of
the two major shipyards in Georgia
during World War II.
Other: List other ways in which
Georgians contributed to the war
effort during World War II.
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