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Hemp for Victory (1943)

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An informational film produced to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort during WW2. The film details the many industrial uses of hemp, including cloth and cordage, as well as a detailed history of the plant's use.

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An informational film produced to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort during WW2. The film details the many industrial uses of hemp, including cloth and cordage, as well as a detailed history of the plant's use.

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Contrary to popular belief, prints are still in existence, and the film itself is in the public domain. Copies have been made available through education groups, and the film is also available to download on the Internet. See more »

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Narrator: For the sailor, no less than the hangman, hemp was indispensable. A 44-gun frigate like our cherished Old Ironsides took over 60 tons of hemp for rigging, including an anchor cable 25 inches in circumference. The Conestoga wagons and prairie schooners of pioneer days were covered with hemp canvas. Indeed the very word canvas comes from the Arabic word for hemp. In those days hemp was an important crop in Kentucky and Missouri. Then came cheaper imported fibers for cordage, like jute, sisal and ...
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a great movie for the whole family
3 April 2006 | by (Tralfamador) – See all my reviews

the movie is well-made for its time for a government publication, and has lots of interesting facts about the history of industrial hemp during the birth of this country. most viewable versions are copies of copies, so tend to be rather grainy, but the movie itself is well worth watching.

i will not speculate on why the US Government promoted industrial hemp at one time, but now campaigns against it, but there are many people who will. there are several countries in Europe that allow farmers to produce industrial hemp. Henry Ford made a car fueled by industrial hemp seed oil. one can only imagine the number of American jobs that would be created, and family farms that would be supported, by allowing vehicles to run on industrial hemp oil.

also, the Constitution was written on industrial hemp paper.


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