November 23, 2014
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Fat Man was the code name of the atomic bomb, made from plutonium, that destroyed Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945. It was 128 inches long and 60 inches in diameter. The bomb was dropped from the B-29 named "Bock's Car".

Did you know that Fat Man was named for Prime Minister Winston Churchill?

The War Effort
Rural Bases | Victory Gardens | Rationing | Scrap Drives | Rosie Rolls Up Her Sleeves | Housing | Intro
The Home Front is the name given to the activities of the civilians during a state of total war. Life on the home front during World War II was a significant part of the war effort for all participants, and had major impact on the outcome of the war.

Every citizen was a soldier. The mobilization of American industry during World War II was an achievement without precedent in magnitude, complexity, and duration. This achievement is in part attributed to the federal government's intensive program to marshal the contributions of people of all ages and from all walks of life. Most all Americans were willing to give up many luxuries and devote much of their spare time to the war effort to achieve Victory. Some of the ways they displayed their support was phrased as the War Effort. In the subsections above you will learn about how the civilians helped in the war by doing their part.

In the Pop Culture section, learn how the war influenced language, fashion and even listen to a few radio programs using the "interactive" radio provided. In the Internment Camps section, discover how Arkansas was affected by the "relocation" of the Japanese-American population that were housed at two internment camps in South Arkansas.


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