“Here are the industries and the raw materials for U.S. defense.” By Philip Ragan Associates, October 1940, published in Fortune Magazine.
Map text: “This map sums up in perspective on the broad face of the U.S. the relative distribution of the key industries which are shown on separate maps on the preceding pages. On this one, however, has been superimposed the geography of five crucial raw materials – coal, petroleum, copper, iron and bauxite, source of aluminum. While we do import about half of our needs from British and Dutch Guiana, our comparatively high-cost mines in Arkansas have reserves sufficient for any likely contingency. Unless a way is found for war industries to migrate west of the Mississippi, it is inevitable that the chief economic contribution of the South, South-west and West will be raw materials, food and manpower for the field, the army, and the distant factories.”
“If the Presence of steel and agriculture, which provide the high economic drama of war, are missed, it is because the nation’s self-sufficiency in these categories is a schoolboy axiom. True, the Army and Navy Munitions Board lists twenty-nine different “strategic” and “critical” materials that are lacking wholly or in part within the economy. To supply those most desperately needed, the government is rapidly, if tardily, trying to build stock piles; and for many of these substitutes, synthetics, or otherwise uneconomic sources within safe reach can be developed. If the map inspires any deep conviction, it is the conviction that a bounteous geography has endowed us with ample resources for peace or for war.”
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