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.
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Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents.
- Letter from Mrs. Wilhma E. Fredricksen to Governor Osborn, October 30, 1941
- Copy of a letter from Governor Osborn to Mrs. Wilhma E. Fredricksen, November 25, 1941
- Letter from Glendale Chamber of Commerce to Governor Osborn, October 27, 1942
- Letter from A.C. Ward to Governor Osborn, October 7, 1942
- Letter from F. H. Rhew to Senator Hayden, September 14, 1941
- Letter from William R. Smith to Governor Osborn, October 26, 1942
- Letter from Governor Osborn to William R. Smith, November 24, 1942
- Copy of a telegram from Governor Osborn to William K. Hopkins, September 3, 1942
- Copy of a letter from Governor Osborn, October 29, 1942
- "Work or Fight" Petition, October 9, 1942
- Why was Arizona facing labor shortages during World War II? Why was it important to have enough agricultural laborers?
- Who created the documents linked above? What solutions did they present to the labor shortages? Why do they think these are good solutions?
- What would you have done to solve the labor shortage during World War II, and why?
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