Victory! Plus a Day

By August 15, 2007Culture and Entertainment

Following up on Hank Cox’s post yesterday about manufacturing’s role in winning WWII, we offer Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac” for Wednesday, August 15:

Though Harry Truman had announced the Japanese surrender the day before, it was on this day in 1945 that the Allies officially declared V-J Day, beginning one of the most prosperous and peaceful periods in American history.

American factories had become more and more efficient throughout the war, and once it was over, they were able to focus on consumer goods. In the year after World War II ended, Detroit produced 2.1 million cars, a 2,500 percent increase from the year before. Factories also began to produce all the appliances that had been invented but that no one had been able to afford before the war: washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, and televisions.

“The Writer’s Almanac” is very nice daily five-minute segment from American Public Radio — comes on at 6:50 a.m. on WAMU here in D.C. — perfect those who can only take small doses of Keillor. Today’s featured poem will even resonate with many manufacturers, “The Book of A” by Wesley McNair, from Talking in the Dark.

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