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President Roosevelt asked congress for a declaration of war on Japan after the December 7, 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor. On December 8, the Senate voted to support the request and the House followed suite shortly after. Three days later, Germany and Italy - fulfilling their treaty obligations with Japan - declared war against the U.S. As the need for war materials increased, consumer goods took a back seat to military production. Rationing began almost immediately. In some states, nonessential use of gasoline was limited to 3 gallons per week.

 

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