Labor on the Home Front

Labor on the Home Front

During World War II, Arizona faced major labor shortages in agriculture, mining, and other areas. Arizonans picked up their pens and wrote to the governor with their suggestions for how to close this labor gap, and a few even petitioned for the adoption of their recommended solution. 

Read About It

Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents. 

Understand It

  1. Why was Arizona facing labor shortages during World War II? Why was it important to have enough agricultural laborers?
  2. Who created the documents linked above? What solutions did they present to the labor shortages? Why do they think these are good solutions?
  3. What would you have done to solve the labor shortage during World War II, and why?

Explore More

Visit the websites below to learn more. Based on this new information, have your answers to the questions above changed?

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Topic

Labor and Economics

Decade

1940s