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America Mobilizes for War:
Constructing a War Economy
Where was the
War economy “built?”
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While the selective service
commission raised an army, President
Wilson worked to shift the national
economy from peacetime to wartime
First, the Council of National
Defense, which was formed in 1916,
created an array of new federal
administration agencies to oversee
different phases of the war effort – such
as food production, coal and petroleum
distribution, and railway use.
The government, and the War
Industries Board determined what crops
farmers grew, what products industries
produced, and how supplies moved
around on the nation’s trains.
War Industries Board