Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II by James J. KimblePrairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II by James J. Kimble

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

byJames J. Kimble

Paperback | May 1, 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.
 
 
James J. Kimble is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall University. He is the coproducer of Scrappers: How the Heartland Won World War II, a feature documentary on the 1942 scrap drives.
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Title:Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War IIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:May 1, 2014Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803248784

ISBN - 13:9780803248786

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Home Front, Battlefront
1. The Scrap Deficit; or How Not to Win a War
2. Henry Doorly and the Nebraska Plan
3. Summertime Scrapping in the City
4. Mobilizing Greater Nebraska
5. The Second-Half Comeback
6. The Nebraska Plan Goes National
Epilogue: Home Front, Battlefront (Revisited)
Appendix: Nebraska County Scrap Results
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Prairie Forge is a little gem of a book."-Denise M. Bostdorff, Rhetoric & Public Affairs
- Denise M. Bostdorff - Rhetoric & Public Affairs