WWII scrap metal drives had people ripping fences off the street

WWII scrap metal drives had people ripping fences off the street

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Image: Leslie Jones/Boston Public Library

When the United States joined World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the global trade of raw materials was in a state of uncertainty and disruption. Basic commodities such as rubber and cloth immediately became precious and valuable to the war effort

Scrap drives were organized across the country, encouraging citizens to contribute their rubber to make jeep tires, their clothing to make cleaning rags, their nylon and silk stockings to make parachutes, and their leftover cooking fat to make explosives

One of the most vital materials to collect was scrap metal. A single medium tank required 18 tons of it, and a single Navy ship hundreds more Read more…

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WWII scrap metal drives had people ripping fences off the street

In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois led exhibit promoting African-American progress

In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois led exhibit promoting African-American progress

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At the turn of the 20th century, African-American lawyer Thomas Calloway had an idea for an exhibit for the upcoming 1900 World’s Fair in Paris

Writing to over a hundred prominent black Americans, Calloway laid out his vision for a multimedia presentation which would paint a picture of African-American society nearly four decades after the end of slavery

His proposal was heard by Booker T. Washington, who brought it to President William McKinley. With just four months to go before the start of the World’s Fair, Calloway was given Congressional approval and $15,000 to execute the exhibit Read more…

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