How did World War l help to mobilize industry and the workforce?

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During World War I, it was very important to get industry and the workers to be supportive of the war effort. The government was involved in making sure this occurred.

The government created the War Industries Board. The goal of the War Industries Board was to coordinate the production of...

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During World War I, it was very important to get industry and the workers to be supportive of the war effort. The government was involved in making sure this occurred.

The government created the War Industries Board. The goal of the War Industries Board was to coordinate the production of war materials. The last thing we wanted was for businesses to fight over what would be produced, how much would be produced, and who would produce it. The federal government made these decisions.

It also was important to keep the workers on the job. The National War Labor Board was created to prevent strikes from occurring. If the workers went on strike during the war, it could be very harmful to the war effort. Our soldiers needed supplies and equipment, and the workers were the people who would make them. If any possibility of  a strike existed, the National War Labor Board would intervene to mediate the dispute. Usually, the government pressured the companies to settle with the workers in return for a worker promise of not going on strike.

In World War I, businesses and workers were very supportive of the war effort. This was an important factor in helping us win the war.

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