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May 8, 2020

Victory Half Won: Remembering V-E Day 75 Years Later

Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day, marked a moment of profound joy and relief in Pittsburgh and the nation. But those feelings were tempered by the realization that the war was not yet won, and perhaps worse was on the horizon.

April 28, 2020

All-Out for Victory Gardens!

Confronting shelter-in-place rules and economic uncertainty at a time when visiting the grocery store is a scary proposition, Americans are turning again to home gardens. As seeds and garden supplies fly off virtual store shelves, we recall the “Victory Gardens” of World War I and World War II. How do the experiences of those events compare with our current situation?

April 23, 2020

Bootleg Beef and Smuggled Sirloin: Black Market Meat During World War II

Today, the coronavirus pandemic has closed meat processing plants across the nation, including two in Pennsylvania. The closures raise new concerns about the nation’s meat supply as grocery store customers already confront empty shelves. As we face this latest chato contemplate a change in eating habits. Why was black market meat such a problem during World War II, and what prompted Ray Sprigle to wade into the fray?llenge to the American dinner plate, it is useful to reflect upon what happened 75 years ago, when a different set of circumstances forced people