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Chapter Assessment Internet Activity

Want to show what you know? Use the Internet and the preselected Web sites provided below to gather additional information, broaden your knowledge, and complete the end-of-chapter Internet activity.

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History of Consumer-Goods Companies During Wartime

During World War II, many nations, including the United States, converted their consumer-goods factories to produce vital products for the war effort. Today many of those factories still exist but are back to producing consumer goods.

Work with a team to prepare a short "company history."

Using the Internet, library, magazines, or Chamber of Commerce, do research on a consumer-goods company. (A consumer-goods company makes products for personal use or enjoyment-for example, cars, radios, clothing.) Look for a company that was around before 1945. (Several of today's important car and appliance manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of steel, tires, detergents, etc., existed before 1945.)

As you come up with ideas, try to find answers to questions such as: What products did the company make before World War II? During the war? After? What were working conditions like during the war? After the war? In a two- or three-page paper, write your company history. Include copies of any articles, photographs, or pictures that you find about the company.

Maytag History http://www.maytagclub.com/ page-2g.htm
History of the Maytag Company's participation in the war effort.

GM Corporate History—1940s http://www.gm.com/ company/ corp_info/ history/ gmhis1940.html
History of the General Motors Corporation during the 1940s.

Goodyear Corporate History http://www.goodyear.com/ corporate/ history/
A year-by-year history of Goodyear, from 1899 to the present.