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The American Synthetic Organic Chemicals Industry: War and Politics, 1910-1930

Kathryn Steen


Prior to 1914, Germany dominated the worldwide production of synthetic organic dyes and pharmaceuticals like aspirin. When World War I disrupted the supply of German chemicals to the United States, American entrepreneurs responded to the shortages and high prices by trying to manufacture chemicals domestically. Learning the complex science and industry, however, posed a serious challenge. This book explains how the United States built a synthetic organic chemicals industry in World War I and the 1920s. It argues that Americans' intense anti-German sentiment during the war helped to forge a con ... More

Keywords: synthetic organic dyes, aspirin, organic chemicals, World War I, international politics, war gases, high explosives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469612904
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469612904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Steen, author