Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (Paperback)
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Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (Paperback)

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Paperback 236 Pages / Published: 01/05/2014
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In the wake of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt called for the largest arms buildup in our nation's history. A shortage of steel, however, quickly slowed the program's momentum, and arms production fell dangerously behind schedule. The country needed scrap metal. Henry Doorly, publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, had the solution. Prairie Forge tells the story of the great Nebraska scrap drive of 1942-a campaign that swept the nation and yielded five million tons of scrap metal, literally salvaging the war effort itself.
James J. Kimble chronicles Doorly's conception of a fierce competition pitting county against county, business against business, and, in schools across the state, class against class-inspiring Nebraskans to gather 67,000 tons of scrap metal in only three weeks. This astounding feat provided the template for a national drive. A tale of plowshares turned into arms, Prairie Forge gives the first full account of how home became home front for so many civilians.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803248786
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Kimble's research and interviews breathe life into this little-known contribution to the U.S. war effort. Prairie Forge is an entertaining, well-written narrative of the tremendous role Nebraskans, Henry Doorly, and scrap metal played in shaping the early years of the war."-Tom Mele, Scrap Magazine -- Tom Mele * Scrap Magazine *
"Solid, thoroughly researched. . . . [Prairie Forge] should be on the shelf of every Nebraska public library."-Bruce D. Cohen, H-Net -- Bruce D. Cohen * H-Net *

"With ease, Kimble tells a story that goes beyond junk collecting and illuminates the fascinating tale of how Nebraska helped forge the way for one of the most significant military victories in Western history."-Erin Seaward-Hiatt, L Magazine

-- Erin Seaward-Hiatt * L Magazine *
"Kimble's well-crafted narrative capably examines this often poorly understood moment of American history."-Thomas H. Berg, South Dakota History -- Thomas H. Berg * South Dakota History *
"A worthwhile contribution and an enjoyable read on a topic of surprising interest and importance."-Maury Klein, Journal of American History -- Maury Klein * Journal of American History *
"Prairie Forge is a little gem of a book."-Denise M. Bostdorff, Rhetoric & Public Affairs -- Denise M. Bostdorff * Rhetoric & Public Affairs *

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