The buildup of troops at Fort Jackson, even before the attack on Pearl Harbor, was the beginning of the many changes that World War II brought to Columbia, and indeed to all of South Carolina. The headline of "The State" newspaper article that accompanied this photograph of Main Street on June 25, 1941, proclaims "Crowded Streets Tell Their Own Story."
Courtesy of Mary Taylor.
- Along with the rest of the world, the United States and South Carolina experienced economic instability during this period. As a result, political instability and worldwide conflict consumed the world in the 1940s. Following World War II, the United States emerged as a world leader through political policies and economic growth.
- This indicator was designed to promote inquiry into military and economic policies during World War II, to include the significance of military bases in South Carolina. This indicator was also developed to foster inquiry into postwar economic developments and demographic changes, to include the immigration of Jewish refugees following the Holocaust.