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Kernels of Conflict: Farmers, Canners, and Environmental Knowledge in Maine’s Canned Sweet Corn Industry
During the sweet corn season of 1915, the Maine Department of Agriculture had been “frequently reminded of the superiority of the Maine grown product.” This was evidenced “by letters received from manufacturers in other states asking how they might legally label their goods and still intimate to the consumer that their products were in some way identified with the state of Maine.” Since the 1860s, Maine had consistently ranked as one of the top five sweet corn packing states in the country, and remained so through the first half of the twentieth century. Grocers and wholesalers from California to Georgia lauded the superior quality of the Pine Tree State’s golden kernels. In 1878, Maine canned sweet corn had even established an international reputation by winning a gold medal in Paris. Read More.
Divergent perceptions of technology have largely marked U.S. relations with the Middle East. These differing perspectives often influenced the United States both internationally and domestically. However, the United States did not perceive the Middle East as a single bloc of countries; perceptions differed significantly regarding Israel, which the United States generally supported. While U.S. support for Israel grew more significant in later decades, it was visible during the 1950s. During that decade—and especially following the completion of the Egyptian-Czech arms deal in 1955—there was notable support for Israel in the United States. While they shared support for Israel, U.S. proponents articulated their recommendations for the Middle Eastern country in various ways. Read More.
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