The History of Hemp For Victory

hempforvictory-300x300The history of the re-discovery of USDA film “Hemp for Victory.”  The 1942 film encouraging the nations farmers how they could help the Allies win World War II by growing hemp to make rope and other materials for Military and Civilian Uses.
As far as has been documented by The Institute we determine that William Conde in Oregon found a copy of the film Hemp for Victory and informed Jack Herer who at the time was in the final edits of his book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”.  Copies of this film were distributed by coping copies and passing them on.
the_emperor_wears_no_clothesIn 1989, Jack Herer, together with Chris Wright, went to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to locate the original copy of the obscure propaganda film.  After several days of physically searching for the film they were unable to locate anything within the National Archives.
The Institute began looking for a copy of the film after getting one of these hand-me-down copies.  We first searched the University of Minnesota Agricultural Library system and were told they did at one time have the film but “it had been removed from the library.”  Other paper documents from the War era showed that the film had been made.
The Institute called the USDA in DC and began the process of going from office to office and forwarded and forwarded until finally someone said that any material that old would have been turned over to the National Archives.
The Institute called the National Archives and spoke with an archivist.  At first the archivist needed an ID number or something to search their database for.  Having no number made it difficult.  John asked them to search for the word Hemp in the film archive.  BINGO, Hemp for Victory was discovered.  In an instant a copy of the film was ordered to be made from the original 35mm Films held by the Archive.
Hemp-For-VictoryIn May of 1990 a copy of the film from an official government source was uncovered and revealed to a waiting world

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