Teachable Documents - National Archives at Chicago
Within months of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, factories across the United States were retooled or built for war production. The Twin Cities Ordnance Plant (TCOP) began producing ammunition for the war effort on February 5, 1942 at the newly built factory near Brighton, Minnesota. The documents listed below appeared in the plant's monthly newsletter, the TCOP Bulletin.
Record Group 156, Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, Records of the Twin Cities Arsenal, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 1946-1951.
- Who wrote the letter before you? To whom is it addressed?
- What is the main message of the letter?
- Why do you think it was crafted? Quote from the document to support your answer.
- Do you think it was necessary? Why/Why not?
Compare and Contrast:
Using National Archives records from World War I, such as Military Intelligence Division Plant Protection reports from Record Group 165, compare and contrast mobilization efforts.
Examine additional records (press releases, photographs, memorandums, historial narrative, time line) from the Twin Cities Ordnance Plant. Evaluate the persuasive techniques used and the plant's accomplishments compared to others.
National History Standards
- Era 8: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
- Teachable Texts: Working with Rosie the Riveter: Supervising Women Workers
- Teaching with Documents: A Variety of Lessons from 1929-1954
- Women in the Work Force during World War II
- World War II at Home: Californians' Involvement in the War Effort
- America on the Homefront: Selected World War II Records of Federal Agencies in New England