Author: Macarena Solis

How Entertainers Are Supporting the War

By Macarena Solis and Benjamin K. Whether it’s music, sports or cinema, the entertainment industry ignites passion in Americans’ hearts and has a profound influence on the public. This influence is now being directed to help in the war effort. Perhaps there are none better than those in the movie industry for bringing entertainment to the population. Frank Capra has stood out in particular, with his multi-part film series entitled “Why We Fight,” a collection of captivating and emotional films explaining how the war began and giving his view as to why America must continue in the face of...

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How a Navy cameraman kept his wits during the Battle of Midway

William G. Roy, a flight deck motion picture cameraman aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown, held the important position of filming every aircraft landing with his with his 35-millimeter camera. His job is crucial to improving aircraft landing techniques: if something goes wrong, it’s on film and can be analyzed later. Roy has filmed more than a dozen air deck crashes, but nothing compares to what he would attempt to capture during the Battle of Midway. “We were stopped dead in the water. We were burning and smoking,” said Roy. As the Yorktown sailed from Pearl Harbor on June...

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Japanese resettlement brings complications

Several months after President Roosevelt’s order stating that Japanese-Americans who live on the West Coast must move inland, the War Relocation Authority (WRA) has halted voluntary resettlement efforts until further notice. Although some have raised concerns about the civil liberties of those being forced to leave their homes, those concerns are not responsible for the moratorium on relocations. The problem, rather, is that many communities where evacuees are being resettled do not want to take them in. State and local governments in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have lodged protests, citing various reasons. Colorado governor Ralph L. Carr, expressed concern about public...

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War Department Training 100,000 Civilians for the Home Front

The War Department announced this Thursday that they will be training over 100,000 individuals in civilian jobs over the next year. The training is targeted to those who do not qualify to serve overseas but still wish to aid in the war effort. It will prepare Americans to fill crucial noncombatant positions such as production workers, mechanics, and inspectors for government-owned factories, arsenals and depots. Training for all areas is set to last 15 weeks to four months. Those in the areas of mechanics and inspecting will be paid while they are learning. Mechanics trainees can earn from $900 to $1,020...

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House Votes Largest Appropriation Bill in History for War Efforts

The largest bill ever proposed by Congress passed the House of Representatives this week. It approved $32 billion to provide additional weapons and tools of war, to increase ship production and to support U.S. allies. Three to four hours of debate took place before the vote. Although some representatives raised concerns, the House approved the bill unanimously, 371-0. Rep. Clifton Woodrum (D-Va.) was among the many who spoke in favor of the measure. “This bill today speeds up the great defense program, sends aid to those valiant people out there giving their blood in this cause, and sends them some implements...

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World War 2.0 tries to imagine what the reporting of World War II might have looked like if the conflict were taking place today. Articles are based on information that would have been available to the press at the time, but they are written using contemporary journalistic style. The authors are all students at Seton Hall University, working with assistant professor of journalism Matthew Pressman.