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FT-12570-75

Stuart D. Brandes
University of Wisconsin Colleges (Madison, WI 53715-2635)

Profiteering in the United States During the Second World War

During World War II the U.S. sought conflicting goals--to increase production vastly, and to restrain profits and to prevent swollen fortunes. Study will investigate the attempt to prevent unreasonable increases in wealth, or in other words, to achieve a humanistic goal in an era of massive technological change. Using a seldom used archival collection--corporate income tax returns retained by the State Archives of Wisconsin--P.I. will probe this conflict. Questions such as "What constitutes a 'reasonable' profit?" and the question of "profiteering" will be considered.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$2,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1975 – 8/31/1975