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Civilian Contributions to the Home Front
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The lessons in this issue introduce students to civilian efforts on the home front during World War II. Civilians were urged to do everything they could to support the war effort and to serve the needs of the wartime economy. The focus here is on the kinds of war-effort messages sent by the media.

The lesson plans ask students to examine advertisements and to take on the persona of someone who lived during the war by writing a V-mail letter. A copy of a V-mail form is included.

Note: This is an archival publication dating back to 1988 and any supplements or suggestions for off-site education may not be available.

Download "Art to Zoo: Give It Your Best!: Civilian Contributions to the Home Front" (PDF).

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