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WWII and Korean War Industrial Mobilization: History Programs and Related Records

05 / 12 / 14   |   By:

This is a modified version of a presentation I did for the 2014 Society for History in the Federal Government conference in April. This version focuses on the legal usefulness, in environmental cases, of the official agency histories and records concerning U.S. industrial mobilization for war and defense during World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War. Environmental law practitioners are often involved in retroactive liability settings, such as CERCLA matters, where one must show that the U.S. government or other parties exercised substantial control over certain industrial facilities and therefore should bear all or a portion of related environmental remediation costs. This presentation introduces the highly useful official histories of industrial mobilization in WWII and the Korean War, as well as the equally valuable, surviving civilian agency records held at the National Archives.

Download a PDF version of the presentation.

Presented by: Mike Reis, Director of Litigation Research
Originally presented at the Society for History in the Federal Government Annual Conference, April 4-5, 2014, at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, Shepherdstown, WV.

Mike Reis
About Mike Reis

Mike Reis is a senior vice president at History Associates, where he serves as an expert witness historian in litigation engagements, assists with business development, and draws on his extensive historical knowledge to advise colleagues and clients. Projects have included investigations for determining environmental site histories and a team effort to locate Nazi gold-related documents on behalf of the U.S. Treasury Department. He also has expertise in documenting corporate succession, reconstructing legislative histories, and providing historic context statements for preservation and cultural resources management. Mr. Reis holds a bachelor's degree in history from Loyola College and a master's degree in history from The George Washington University.

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