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The Home Front



The Home Front
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.08

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     challenging words:    mondays, propaganda, tuesdays, wheatless, provided, artillery, military, participate, overseas, income, victory, world, providing, lines, slogan, increase
     content words:    World War, United States, Atlantic Ocean, Liberty Bonds, US Navy, War Industries Board


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The Home Front
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     World War I took place in Europe. When young men from the United States volunteered or were drafted to fight in the war, they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. There, in Europe, they took part in the battles. People said that they were at "the front."
 
2     Here at home in the United States, there wasn't much that people could do at first but hope and pray that their loved ones would come home safely. Then, when the chance came along to do something that might help the soldiers overseas, people were glad to participate. It made them feel like they were doing something to help their sons and husbands who were on the front lines.
 
3     Soon, the United States was asking its citizens at home to help in many ways. At home, on the farm, and in the factory, people were making changes in their lives to support the war. Some of the changes were legislated by the government, but others were made voluntarily. Propaganda posters convinced people that volunteering was the right thing to do. One poster said "Women! Help America's sons win the war." Another one called on people at home to show "The Spirit of America" by volunteering in the war effort. These efforts to support the war from here in the United States became known as the home front.

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