As men left to fight in World War II, the U.S. government began to recruit women into the workforce. The campaign featured ads of 'Rosie the Riveter', a woman wearing work clothes and flexing her arm muscle with 'We Can Do It!' above her.
January 1, 1942
Edward Hopper painted Nighthawks, which would become an iconic American artwork.
February 19, 1942
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America's entry into World War II, President Roosevelt approved legislation to force 120,000 Japanese or Americans with Japanese ancestry into internment camps, despite their loyalty or citizenship. The government would eventually pay for property loss and give restitution payments.