But as he grew and entered academia, he learned that despite assimilating, he could not escape being labeled a Jew and discriminated against as such. To him, saving the Jewish people was a matter of saving the Jewish identity, and he believed that "assimilation as a method of adjustment is totally bankrupt. Prompted by an assertion from a Christian friend who told him "Your people are in trouble" -- in a way that implied that Lewisohn should cut all ties with his ancestors -- he explained why it was impossible to shed Jewish identity and why it was most critical for the Jews to have a homeland:.
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February 26, What to Read Next. Yahoo Celebrity. Yahoo Movies. Yahoo Music. As the manufacturing of new armaments for the U. It was obvious that America was growing again. Americas allies needed helpin massive quantities. The [German] air blitz was accompanied by a concerted attempt to prevent supplies from reaching England, and the blockade was carried out with effectiveness.
By midwinter the British meat ration had been more than halved, and cheese, canned milk, and almost all other foods had been placed on the ration list. If the fall of Britain was to be prevented, the United States might have to supply her with butter as well as guns. In February , President Roosevelt ordered that all persons of Japanese ancestry be relocated to camps away from the Pacific coast.
This was done out of fears of espionage and to protect Japanese Americans from the growing anti-Japanese sentiment, which rose to irrational levels following the attack on Pearl Harbor. About , people were affected by this relocation order, most of them U.
The camps were located in remote areas where the detainees were often engaged in agriculture and even grew wartime crops. Why did the United States send Japanese Americans many of them successful farmers to internment camps? Gary A. Goreham, ed. In , with the possibility of war on the horizon, Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace cautioned, "the outbreak of hostilities is not a reason for abandoning our efforts to conserve soil.
Most foods require processing before they are ready for consumers. Wartime conditions greatly increased the demand for processed foods of all sorts because the Armed Forces of both the United States and the Allies, and civilian populations abroad, required foods that could be stored and shipped without spoilage in the most concentrated forms practicable. Both farmers and the food trade had to cope with labor, container, and machinery shortages, and sometimes shortages of essential ingredients of the processed product.
How did scientific research contribute to America's ability to produce, package, and store such high quantities of food? In order to lend support to Britain and other allies, U. For example, on April 4, , the Secretary announced that farmers would be permitted to grow peanuts for oil on part of their cotton acreage allotments not used for cotton, without incurring deduction from payments.
On June 23, [about six months before the United States entered the war], farmers were told that they could increase peanut plantings over their allotments if the peanuts were used for oil. Programs to provide seed, fertilizer, and garden tools were initiated, and many businesses and communities pitched in to provide gardening space. In , more than 20 million victory gardens produced 40 percent of the vegetables grown for fresh consumption. The growing of plants and animals should become an integral part of the school program.
Such is the aim of the U. More about school efforts can be found on this the History of Agricultural Education and Rural America website. Hayden-Smith, R. Victory Gardens during World War II were a success, and while the produce was consumed and some sold there was still an abundance that required preservation. In some areas school-community canneries, established during the Great Depression of the s, became busy community centers for home gardeners. Most of the canneries were operated by the school's agriculture education department.
What are some other food preservation practices, in addition to canning, used to preserve food beyond the moment of harvest for future consumption? Naugher, R.
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The Agricultural Education Magazine, Vol. The war in Europe continued. Although farmers jumped at the opportunity to produce more for the Allies and make more money for themselves, like most Americans they wanted to stay out of the war. Then the attack on Pearl Harbor changed everything. Farmers dedicated themselves to the "defeat of the Axis. Yet even as farm output increased, food rationing went into effect. Farmers began using more and more machinery to replace animal power.
The shift away from horses and mules freed up more land for the production of feed grain for livestock and increased meat production. In , the Food Administration was formed to bolster food production. Life on the farm got busy, even hectic, and by the end of farm labor became scarce. To stem the tide of men leaving farms to go to war, the Government exempted 1,, men from the draft.
These farm workers helped fight the war on the home front. The "shock troops" of the countryside made a major difference. By the end of the war U. As one farmer declared in a letter to President Roosevelt, they "had surpassed the efforts of any other class of people in these United States. Substitutes for rubber, tropical oils, cork and other imported products needed by industry were given priority since the Japanese controlled much of the worlds supply of tropical agricultural products.
Film - Food to Win the War, , courtesy of U. In , the military purchased 2 percent of the total food produced in the United States. That number continued to increase during World War II and peaked at 14 percent of the food supply by Roosevelt stated, "Food is the life line of the forces that fight for freedom. Free people everywhere can be grateful to the farm families that are making victory possible.
These women, many who came from towns and cities, were responsible for planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops to help combat food shortages. What do you think was the greatest impact on women's lives based on their experience in the WLA? How can it relate to service today? Litoff, J. National Archives, As America geared up for war, many people, especially African Americans, traveled north to find jobs at war factories. During the war, rural population in the South declined from 23 percent to 20 percent of the total U. Why would so many African American people want to leave farms in the South for factory jobs in the North?
Ian Dear, ed. In March of , help came in the form of a program called Lend-Lease. One of the "defense articles" was any "agricultural" commodity. USDA scientists also developed better methods of food dehydration in order to supply the troops with nutritious food. These improved methods of food preservation helped reduce weight and bulk and made shipping and food storage easier.
New glues, plastics, paints and fabrics were developed from milk, soybeans, cotton and many other agricultural commodities. Of all these endeavors, the mass-production of penicillin became the most important contribution of agricultural researchers during World War II. The result of this research saved the lives of millions of people, and after the war it launched a new pharmaceutical industry.
Agricultural science made a tremendous contribution to winning the war. The growing use of tractors and other machinery, and the addition of new chemical fertilizers and pesticides, revolutionized agriculture. With new and innovative technology, one farmer could do the same work that, just years before, would have required fifteen to twenty workers. Crop yields were increasing substantially. The ability to mass produce the antibiotic drug penicillin, using methods developed by USDA researchers, became one of the most important scientific contributions during World War II. Penicillin timeline.
As World War II ended, thoughtful preparation was required to prevent the return of agriculture to pre-war Depression conditions. Four million acres of crops were plowed up and a peacetime economy was formed. However, the need for food in war-torn Europe and Asia remained high. In the United States Congress passed the Marshall Plan to meet this need, and American farmers carried on with their important work. Wallace had once said that the U. As the world entered the post-war recovery period, agricultural improvements continued with new research in plant and animal science, human nutrition, soil conservation, and research into new food and agricultural products.
When Congress passed the G. Bill in , providing Veterans with educational and other benefits, enrollment in land grant colleges soared. More and more men and women graduated and took agricultural jobs off the farm with the goal of feeding the world. A post war boom was in motion, and major changes in the field of agriculture lay on the horizon. Four million acres of crops were plowed up in an attempt to stablize prices, and a peacetime economy was formed. When WWII ended, technological advances that had been developed for the war were transitioned to civil society.
Farms were industrialized for several reasons. Advances in machinery, including gasoline and electric-powered engines, transformed the farm from agrarian to industrial. Lessons learned from the Dust Bowl led to increased use and development of irrigation technologies. Farming in the 40s. Ganzel, B. Wessels Living History Farm, What is rangeland?
When the term first came into use in the s, it was used to describe the extensive, unforested lands dominating the western half of North America. Today, rangeland refers to a large, mostly unimproved section of land that is used for livestock grazing. Rangelands can be found in a wide variety of ecosystems, including natural grasslands, savannas, shrublands, deserts, tundras, alpine communities, coastal marshes, and wet meadows. However, grass and other plants on this rangeland can be used for grazing livestock. Cattle and sheep are like rangeland lawn mowers that can help care for grassland ecosystems.
At first glance when we see animals grazing, it seems like the animal wins all. However, there are more winners here than first meets the eye. The moment grass is shorn, it seeks to restore a balance between its roots and leaves. When the tops of the grass leaves are eaten by grazing livestock, the same amount of root is lost. This creates fertile organic matter that enriches the soil. Rich soils in turn support more grass growth. Grasses regrow from the bottom up. Because their growing point is low to the ground, grasses can usually recover well after grazing.
However, repeated, heavy grazing can kill grass. When a grass plant is grazed very low to the ground, a large portion of its roots die, and it has little leaf area left to make energy through photosynthesis. Proper management of grazing involves moving livestock to a new area before grasses are grazed too low and allowing grasses a period of rest to regrow leaves and roots before grazing them again.
With proper management, grazing can be a tool for keeping rangelands healthy. In well-managed grasslands, decaying roots are the biggest source of new organic matter, and grazing animals actually build new soil from the bottom up. In the absence of grazers, the soil-building process would be nowhere near as swift or productive. Grazing cattle aerate the soil with their hooves, scatter seeds, and trim wild grasses. Wildfires have a harder time taking hold on shorter, cropped grass than on longer vegetation. Commonly known as the G. Bill, the act helped military men returning from war go to college, find a job, obtain medical care, buy a home, or start a business or a farm.
The bill allowed eligible men to receive loans to help buy "land, buildings, livestock, equipment, machinery, or implements, or in repairing, altering, or improving any buildings or equipment, to be used in farming operations. Jerome Agel, ed. Visit the U. Agency for International Development's Marshall Plan website and explore this important postwar economic program. Why did the United States launch the Marshall Plan?
How effective was the plan in achieving its goals? Why would a victorious nation like the United States invest so heavily in rebuilding not only its allies, but the nations it had defeated? The Marshall Plan was the foreign policy of U. Secretary of State, George C.
He wanted to help encourage peace by rebuilding the agricultural prosperity of war-ravaged countries using American surpluses and technology. Watch this video to learn more about how the Marshall Plan was put into action. Text adapted from U. State Department, U. Two agricultural acts were passed by the United States government at the end of this era. One being the Agricultural Act of and the second being the Agricultural Act of Each law set-up a framework to guide the work of agriculture in the United States. This new version of the farm bill addressed prices of crops such as cotton, wheat, corn, tobacco, rice, and peanuts.
What are the pros and cons of some of the guidelines set out in this bill? In your response please be sure to explain why you believe this to be the case. Much like the bill, the farm bill also included items concerned with agricultural commodities and miscellaneous areas of agriculture. This bill also included a section on acreage base and yield system. Why do you think the government chose to change certain things while leaving other things the same within the farm bills of and ?
Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself. A Leader Inspiring Hope. Agricultural Crisis. New Deal Programs. Dark Clouds for Agriculture. Solving the Problem of Soil Erosion. Progress from Programs. War Clouds with a Silver Lining. Conserve and Grow for War. Food to Win the War. Agricultural Science and Research at War.
The Post War Boom. Bill and Land Grant Colleges. The Struggle to Adapt. Farmers Readjust Their Planting Schedules. Droughts and Depression. New Hope and a New Deal. Agricultural Adjustment. Sights and Sounds from the Countryside. Programs and Progress. More Government Programs. War Clouds and Agriculture. Farming on the Home Front. Agricultural Wartime Inventions. Farming in Post War America. What would you like to find? Check each type of timeline tile you would like to see in the timeline.
Check each topic you'd like to view in the timeline. Economics and Trade. Government Programs and Policies. Life on the Land. Organizations and Education. Population and Productivity. Science and Technology. Story 1 The Crash Lands - title card. Farmer with pitchfork Farmers felt the Great Depression keenly after October Butcher Shop Food was plentiful during the Depression, but many people went hungry.
Japanese Beetle Japanese beetles destroy more than kinds of plants, shrubs, and trees. Hours to Produce A Bushel of Corn Within a hundred years' time, producing a bushel of corn had become much more streamlined and efficient. Reading By The Fireplace A woman reads by her fireplace. Dry stream bed Agriculture was devasted during the Great Depression as fields and streams dried up. Average Income Per Farm This chart shows the quick decline of farm income between and Penny Auction small auction being held. Story 2 The Struggle to Adapt - title card.
Corn piled high The price of a bushel of corn dropped by more than half during Tractor A farmer drives his tractor on the farm. Hyde Arthur Hyde was the Secretary of Agriculture from until Farmer Thinking Farmers experimented with new agricultural methods during the Great Depression. President Roosevelt Inspires Hope Roosevelt promises more help through the federal government for suffering Americans. Desperate Farmers Farmers organized themselves together to protest low farm prices. Wheat Fields Between and , rural America lost six million people from the farms.
Soil Removing soil from cultivation caused many farmers to find other jobs. Story 4 New Hope and a New Deal - title card. Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt The Roosevelts believed that solving the agricultural problems facing Americans would solve the problems of the Depression. Farm Owners Vs. Tenants This chart shows the discrepancy between white and black farm owners and tenants in Price of Sheep Per Lbs. This chart shows the price of sheep from to Feeding the Chickens The Roanoke Farms project helped farmers to better utilize their land to make more money farming and be self sufficient.
Dark clouds During the first half of the s, dust storms swept away topsoil in many mid-western states. President Roosevelt Shakes Hands with a Farmer President Roosevelts New Deal programs were implemented to help improve the economy and raise the standard of living for farmers. Power Lines Due to the federal government stepping in, many rural areas were able to get power as part of the New Deal.
Rat In the s, scientists developed an effective rat killer called Red Squill. Story 5 Agricultural Adjustment - title card. Tractors These tractors made large scale agriculture easier. Farmers Protest Farm protesters attempt to block roads leading to markets at Sioux City. Story 6 Dark Clouds for Agriculture - title card.
Dust Bowl cloud Soil erosion causes huge dust clouds in the mid-west. A dust cloud rolled through Washington D. Brush Fire During the s, the number of brush fires increased dramatically during the drought. CCC prevents erosion Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps provided labor to plant native grasses and trees to prevent erosion. Story 7 Programs and Progress - title card.
Supreme Court. Farmers at Market Things were getting better for farmers after - income was rising. Man on Soap Box Many farmers banded together to protest their living conditions. Kids Getting Food The food stamp plan is a means whereby low-income families can purchase nutritional foods at a discounted rate. Praying Over Lunch School lunches were given out by the federal government during the Depression.
Story 8 War Clouds with a Silver Lining - title card. American Surplus American goods are sent overseas to help in the war effort. Japanese Internment Camp A Japanese internment center. This photo shows new arrivals outside the mess hall. Wartime Propaganda Poster Even during wartime, soil conservation was an important priority. Loading Cargo Wartime conditions increased the need for processed food. War Poster - Peanut Oil Peanut oil was used to manufacture equipment for troops on the front lines.
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Story 9 Shock Troops of the Countryside - title card. Farmers tossing bushel baskets Farmers began using more machinery in their farming efforts. Food Production Purchased By Military This chart shows how much of the food produced during the war was bought by the military. Crop Corps. Countryside shock troops Exempted farm workers make a major difference in food production.
Butchering Pork Pork prices went up nearly double during the war. Working on an airplane cockpit Many African Americans left the Southern states during the war to find jobs in Northern factories. Story 10 Agricultural Science and Research at War - title card. Soldier eating rations Improved methods of food preservation helped to win the war. Tractors and Fertilizer Tractors and new fertilizers revolutionized agriculture during the war. Scientist working Research on penicillin was one of the most important scientific contributions during World War II.
Story 11 The Post War Boom - title card. Plowing fields Four million acres of crops were plowed under to restore a peacetime economy. Cattle Grazing Cattle grazing in a field. College graduate The G. Bill provides veterans with educational benefits. Enrollment in Higher Education This graph shows enrollment in higher education increasing over time. Boy with bread The U. Salvaging Drought Cattle. This film explains how cattle were slaughtered in order to preserve the economy.
This film explains the role of agriculture in wartime. The Marshall Plan at Work.