The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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There was no way that I could have known what was in store for me nearly ten years ago when I opened an ordinary- looking folder in the advertising archives at Duke University. The label affixed to the folder simply described its contents as involving a scrap metal drive of some sort...
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Bill Nicholas was on a quest. The high school senior’s adventure had started on what seemed to be a typical youngster’s prank. Still too young to fight the Germans, Italians, or Japanese, he and his school chums had chosen to spend a sunny day in the summer of 1942 driving around the..
1. The Scrap Deficit, or How Not to Win a War
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Emory E. Smith knew enough about scrap metal and war production to be extremely worried about the unstable international situation. It was early in 1939, and the former commissioner of the War Industries Board was becoming increasingly alarmed as Nazi Germany rattled its sabers in...
2. Henry Doorly and the Nebraska Plan
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Margaret Hitchcock Doorly might have seemed, at first glance, a rather unusual person to be playing an indispensable role in any event involving either scrap metal or warfare. Mrs. Henry Doorly, as the society columns of the day referred to her, was one of the leading ladies of Omaha and no...
3. Summertime Scrapping in the City
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They said it was the smell of money. Visitors to wartime Omaha could hardly disagree, even if the air was disagreeable. After all, the city’s stockyards facility was among the largest in the world, processing millions of cattle, sheep, and pigs every year on its 200-acre site in South Omaha...
4. Mobilizing Greater Nebraska
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The region of the Great Plains that the Otoe tribe once called Nibrathka has long embodied a sort of wilderness in the imagination of its visitors. Lieutenant Zebulon Pike’s 1806 description of this area of the country as being akin to an African desert set the tone for later impressions. In...
5. The Second- Half Comeback
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Their hard-working team had failed to make a comeback in the second half. That painful memory was fresh in the minds of many wartime Nebraskans. On January 1, 1941, their beloved Cornhuskers had taken the field in Pasadena, California, to compete in the twenty-seventh annual...
6. The Nebraska Plan Goes National
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On August 19, 1942, Leonard T. Kittinger sent a surprising memorandum to his boss, A. I. Henderson. As head of the Materials Division Salvage Section, Kittinger was one of the War Production Board’s (wpb) central figures on the subject of scrap metal collection. Part of his unit’s assignment...
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Henry Doorly had spoken about scrap metal on the radio before, but this was his largest audience yet. It was May 18, 1943, and the Blue Network show “This Nation at War!” was interviewing the publisher because the World-Herald had recently won the Pulitzer Prize for public service due...
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Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2014