Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fighting the War with Bacon Grease

Here's something to think about the next time you enjoy a pan of bacon and eggs:

"Don't throw away that bacon grease! For fats make glycerin and glycerin makes bombs... A skillet of bacon crease is a little munitions factory!"

The Atlantic just posed a great article about the Fat Salvage Committee during World War II. 
Students of mine who wrote about this Pluto cartoon for their WWII Film Propaganda papers might  enjoy this article, which points out that even during this time of rationing, Americans in WWII were enjoying a consumer paradise that far outstripped the deprivations of the Great Depression.  Turn fat into munitions; turn your new prosperity into a weapon in the war to continue to preserve "Freedom from Want."

Got Summer Reading plans?
If you're interested in reading more about the WWII homefront, Denise Kiernan's new book about the women who helped build the A-bomb is a fantastic read--and a fascinating story.  Check out The Girls of Atomic City and a recent author interview with NPR.

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