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Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Seth Garfield ─ Brazil, the United States and the Amazon Rubber Campaign of World War II

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

6 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

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Faced with the devastating loss of over ninety percent of its rubber supply in 1942, the United States invested millions of dollars to boost wild rubber production in the Amazon. A host of social actors, however, armed with competing visions of the Amazon’s future, would reshape public policies for regional development. This lecture explores the wartime history of the Amazon as a window onto the nature of a region, and the origins of contemporary environmental debates.

Brazil Initiative