Ken Burns Classroom

Rationing and Recycling

Ken Burns Film: The War

Collections: The Great Depression and WWII (1929-1945)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 9-12

Video Run Time: 7:22

During the war everything seemed to be rationed or in short supply: gasoline, fuel oil, rubber, bobby pins, zippers, tin foil, shoes, whiskey, chewing gum, butter, coffee, nylongs, ketchup, sugar, canned goods, cigarettes and the matches needed to light them.