Local History: Stoking the war effort required sacrifices
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor dramatically ended the debate over American entrance into the war that raged around the world. As eager Tunica volunteers flooded the local draft board office, every citizen soon felt the impact of war.
Almost overnight, the economy shifted into military production. Consumer goods took a back seat to military production as nationwide rationing began almost immediately. In May of 1942, the U.S. Office of Price Administration (OPA) froze prices on practically all everyday goods, starting with sugar and coffee.