World War 2 Dbq Analysis

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As the United States entered World War II, the citizens also had to prepare themselves to assist in the war effort. Although the battles were not fought on their turf, the war inevitably affected the lives of everyday Americans greatly. Wartime propelled the nation out of the Great Depression and established itself as a world power as well as defining relationships between specific groups. On the economic turf, the United States was able to reach a status of prosperity that was unmatched by any other country in the world. Coming right out of the Great Depression, World War II propelled the nation in a positive direction. After 1939, the value of consumer spending increased from just below 100 billion to over 120 billion in 1945, the end of the war (Doc I). As the United States’ value went upwards, Japan and Germany continued on a downward trend showing how the war had a positive effect on the economy of the United States. Additionally, the United States experienced inflation during this time period (Doc E). And while it means that the value of the dollar is less that what it previously was, it …show more content…
The nation learned that it “cannot live alone” and “is dependent on the well-being of other nations far away” (Doc H). During and after the war, the United States can be seen dominating as a superpower by controlling the world with its strong economy and vast weaponry which included nuclear weapons. The United States continued to arm itself and others in order to protect the world from its rivals (Doc A). With its Lend-Lease and Cash-and-Carry policies, the United States gave weapons to its allies which allowed the nation to successfully defend itself from others. By having a stable economy and highly advanced military compared to other nations after the war, the United States was able to advance itself and prevail as the leading