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We must be the great arsenal of democracy.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1940

Arsenal of Democracy gallery, looking past Jeep toward photo mural of workers building a B-24 bomberEven before the United States entered World War II, Michigan was producing weapons and supplies for the countries fighting against Germany and Japan.

As the war continued, Michigan threw all its resources into the war effort. Many industries converted completely to production of war matériel.

More women, African Americans and older workers entered the workforce. Life on the home front changed as rationing was introduced and factories worked nonstop.

Michigan stressed civil defense because its location and strategic role in production made it vulnerable to enemy attacks.

Learn more about Michigan and World War II. Click on the links in the column at left to visit exhibits in the Michigan Historical Museum's Arsenal of Democracy Gallery.

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