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This bill sets prices for all products except farm goods. 1942: May 5 Sugar rationing is introduced. 1942: May 15 Gasoline is rationed in seventeen eastern states. Each driver is allowed only three gallons per week for nonessential journeys. 1943: March 29 Meat, fat, and cheese join coffee, sugar, and canned goods on the list of products subject to government rationing. 1943: May 1 The federal government takes over the nation’s mines to end a strike by 530,000 miners. In December, the government will also take over the railroads for similar reasons.

New York: Facts on File, 1993. Terkel, Studs. The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two. New York: Pantheon Books, 1984. WEB SITES Ad Access: Brief History of World War Two Advertising Campaigns. html (accessed March 2002). America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSAOWI, 1935–1945. gov/ammem/fsahtml/fahome. html (accessed March 2002). FDR Library and Digital Archives: K12 Learning Center. [Online] http://www. html (accessed March 2002). George C. Marshall Foundation.

The performance of the economy after the war soon helped reduce the federal deficit. In 1945, the federal government spent $53 billion more than it received in taxation. By 1950, federal spending outstripped income by only $3 billion. Government debt, however, did not go away. The amount U•X•L American Decades * 1940-1949 33 . The . Spruce . . Goose ............................. viation enthusiast and movie tycoon Howard Hughes (1905–1976) made a fortune during World War II. His company built planes for the military.

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