Starting February 23rd, American History TV's Reel America (TM) features archival films produced by the U.S. Government, industry and educational institutions that take you on a vivid journey into the American past.
This week, we bring you two short films documenting the home front during World War Two.
Castle Films' "Washington in War Time" (1942) from its "News Parade" series shows how the District of Columbia copes with a doubling of their population from a peacetime of 500,000 to a war time of over one million.
"Women on the Warpath" was produced by Ford Motor Company in 1943 & shot at the Willow Run B-24 Liberator Bomber plant near Ann Arbor, Michigan. The film is a tribute to women workers who stepped in to fill the void when a labor shortage slowed production.