Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, CEN_GEN_BGCF4_1343
War ration book of Diana Mujica, an eleven-year-old Puerto Rican girl, ca. 1945. Ration books were used during World War II for identification, and to control the amount of food and certain goods allowed per person. Many items were in short supply due to a transition to military production in place of consumer goods. Rationing was initiated by the United States government to ensure that everyone got his or her fair share of staples.
This ration book belonged to Diana Mujica. How old was Diana?
What high school did Diana attend?
Why was it necessary to ration certain products during World War II?
Why do you think that children were given ration cards?
How did U.S. civilians, including Latino Americans, contribute to the American war effort?
What government agency issued the ration books?
Could people sell or give away their portion of the stamps to someone else?
What other sacrifices did American citizens make during World Wars I and II?
Interview an older American who lived through World War II and ask him or her about his/her experiences with rationing.
Art: Create your own World War II poster to try and convince civilians to help the war effort.
Math: Create your own family budget subject to the restrictions of rationing stamps. Make a shopping list of items to buy.