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Gardening to Victory

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As part of our document spotlight series, today we bring you victory garden propaganda posters.

To keep a war going you need to keep the soldiers fighting fit, and for that, you need food.  Agriculture Secretary Claude Wickard understood this when he told the press in 1943 that “Food will win the war and write the peace.”

Uncle Sam Says, Garden to Cut Food Costs, 1917. From the Publications of the U.S. Government. National Archives Identifier: 5711623 Uncle Sam Says, Garden to Cut Food Costs, 1917. From the Publications of the U.S. Government.
National Archives Identifier: 5711623

During both World War I and II, food supplies on the home front and abroad were tight. To alleviate the rationing problem, the Office of Civil Defense and other government agencies released multiple propaganda pieces hoping to inspire non-farming Americans to do their part and produce their own vegetables, herbs, and fruit.  These posters were displayed across the nation, and like these examples, showed hard work and patriotism; Uncle Sam, America, and whole families…

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Reorganizing the Executive Branch: Distance Learning with the Hoover Library

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Registration is open for two free interactive distance learning programs from The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library on Digital Learning Day, February 17th — “Reorganizing the Executive Branch: Hoover and the Federal Government.” Times are 11-11:50 a.m. ET/10-10:50a.m. CT and 2-2:50 p.m. ET/1-1:50 p.m. CT. You may also watch the live stream, for which no registration is necessary.

Herbert HooverThe President of the United States is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress and, to that end, appoints the heads of the federal agencies, including the Cabinet. The Cabinet and independent federal agencies are responsible for the day-to-day enforcement and administration of federal laws.

Herbert Hoover was a champion of government efficiency for over 40 years, before, during, and after his Presidency. He was an engineer and geologist by training, and sought to apply the scientific principles of the Efficiency Movement to make the Federal government more responsive and cost effective, and…

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Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnono: “Are Detroit Children Less Deserving of a Good Education?”

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Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnono was previously a science teacher in Detroit Public Schools. She is now a member of the Michigan legislature. Here she addresses the “savage inequalities” that Detroit’s children and teachers suffer daily.

Watch her powerful testimony at a state senate committee meeting about the destruction of public education in that city. She points out that Detroit has had four consecutive emergency managers, who have caused the district’s budget to ballon and solved no problems. Detroit is celebrating a renaissance of business and cultural life, yet Governor Snyder–who controls the Detroit public schools–continues to use their students as guinea pigs in his free-market laboratory instead of doing what works: small classes, experienced teachers, a rich curriculum, plenty of arts, social workers, guidance counselors, psychologists, librarians, and school nurses.

The Network for Public Education was proud to endorse Rep. Gay-Dagnono as a candidate for office. Her voice in the Michigan legislature…

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