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IdeaLabs: Rationing during WWII
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A 1942 genre painting, Wartime Marketing, opens this study of American life during World War II. By rolling their cursor over the painting, students find background information on some of its details, along with additional primary-source images. They learn about wartime shortages and conservation and the “home front ammunition” of foodstuffs. In a lesson plan, they go deeper into a study of the painting itself. Included is a short Office of War Information film.
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