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Type: Video

Series Title West Virginia: A Film History

Filmmaker Mark Samels

Company West Virginia Humanities Council

Format DVD


A second world war changed everyone’s lives once again.

Coal miners were called back to work. Women hired on to keep mills and factories operating. Chemical plants along the Kanawha River expanded to meet the need for explosives and synthetic rubber.

In White Sulphur Springs, the U. S. State Department rented the Greenbrier to house enemy diplomats. The nation’s first, five-star internment camp.

Wheeling Steel converted it’s mills to weapons production and it’s radio show into a patriotic arm of the war effort.

Radio announcer: “we will return to our regular Sunday program of the employees of Wheeling Steel Corporation and the city that produces many of the needs of the American way of life including music and song. This program is also broadcast by shortwave to the American expeditionary forces throughout the world. From United States War Bonds and stamps to victory, Wheeling means business.”

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