New York State Archives, NYSA_A4234-78_B2_F14_IndustrialPractices
Poster from the Council of National Defense advocating for safe industrial practices during World War I, c. 1917.
Why was industry essential to the war effort?
Were all workers eligible to be drafted into the military? Why or why not?
Why was care taken to promote safe industrial practices?
Research a business or industry that was or could have been involved in the war effort during World War I. What did this industry contribute to the war effort? What safety measures might the industry need to observe?
Math: A city has 32 equally productive steel plants that can produce 680 tons of finished, workable steel each month. If 4 of the steel plants are destroyed by a fire, how much steel can be produces each month by the remaining plants? What percentage of the original productive capacity is lost?
Technology: Learn about a new tool or piece of equipment in the shop. Learn what it is used for, how to operate it, and what safety precautions you need to take when using it.
Woollacott, Angela. On Her Their Lives Depend: Munitions Workers in the Great War. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1994.