1 November 2012 by Tortola Tailspin
I created my historical chart based on the information I found in a book on my family’s bookself. The book was called, Historical Records- World War II: Service Record Book of Men and Women of Bath County, Virginia. It was produced by the Coleman-Brinkley Post of the V.F.W. No. 4202, located in Hot Springs, VA.(1) The book contained pictures and lists of the men and women from Bath Co. who served in WWII. But what caught my eye was the information on the county’s Civilian Defense Council. Established in February 1940 by the governor of Virginia, the purpose of the Civilian Defense Council was to “provide a protective force” against the enemy (Nazi-Germany, Japan, etc) and to sponsor programs “designed to inform the people as to their proper function in times of national stress”.
The council was run by civilians from all around the county. Here, I have created my chart based on the different jobs people performed in the Civilian Defense Council:
I decided to use a pie chart to present the data, as one could see and compare the kinds of jobs people performed in the Council. Unfortunately, the book was vague on what the numbers actually meant. Is the data showing how many people performed each job? Is it showing which jobs were more favorable by the people or the amount of people needed for the job to function? Despite this problem, the chart does show there was a large amount of people who worked as Air Raid Wardens or in the Civilian Police. I assume these jobs were valuable to the Council and considered important to the safety of the county in comparison to the other jobs.
(1) V.F.W- Veterans of Foreign Wars