The coal industry in wartime

Posted December 8, 2016

When Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor that fateful Sunday, December 7, morning, America was surprised but

not unprepared. Fierce fighting had been raging throughout Europe beginning in September 1939. Though officially neutral, America began supplying weapons, ships, tanks and raw materials to England and France. The Depression-era New Deal policies that had organized and controlled virtually the entire American economy were incredibly helpful in gearing up manufacturers, coal miners and the general public for the all-out war effort that was ahead.