MANUFACTURING: Poverty in Boom

Like a thin, cold rain, letters poured down on every Government office that deals with defense, from the Department of Agriculture to the White House itself. The letters came from farmers, businessmen, little people of all kinds—victims of the biggest production boom in U.S. history. Some of their complaints were trivial, some were serious. But the thing they complained of was always the same: shortages.

OPACS alone had over 300 letters on file last week. A sampling of them rings every change on the old poverty-in-the-midst-of-plenty paradox:

^Five hundred glass-container workers in Baltimore faced firing when Swindell Bros, found it could...

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