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BUILDING A WORKFORCE
In addition to training workers for the technical skills required to build Liberty Ships, J.A. Jones also needed to convince their employees about the importance of their role in the wartime efforts of the United States and its allies. The Brunswick shipyard was already in full operation when it came under the management of J.A. Jones Construction, but the productivity was not at an acceptable level to the U.S. Maritime Commission.
The photographs on this page capture the transformation of individuals from job seekers to employees. While waiting in the employment office, individuals seem disengaged from their surroundings (even napping) with no apparent purpose of identity. Once employed, individuals appear self-assured in their role, even if it represents a substantial transformation from their previous job or identity.
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