This book documents the rise of the synthetic organic chemicals industry in the United States during World War I and the 1920s. It examines the role played by government agencies, firms, and universities—and their collective development of a relevant knowledge and information infrastructure—in forging an industry that they somehow managed to connect to the issue of patriotism. It cites the shortages and soaring prices for German synthetic dyes in the United States as an impetus toward the industry's development. It also looks at federal government policies that were meant not only to promote a synthetic organic chemicals industry, but also to inflict hardship on Germany.
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