The Roosevelt Rubber Lecture

"I want to talk to you about rubber—about rubber and the war-about rubber and the American people."

Last week Squire Roosevelt assumed one of his favorite roles, that of patient lecturer to the tenants of his constituency. He spoke over the radio to the nation. He made very clear the "why" of the rubber shortage.

The Whys. Rubber was a problem, said Mr. Roosevelt, because 92% of our normal supply had been cut off by the Japanese. The shortage would be even more serious if we had not built up a "huge stockpile" and if we were not now building up...

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