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Uncle Sam wants YOU to fight inflation

Uncle Sam wants YOU to fight inflation

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War ration book, 1943.

United States Office of Price Administration/Duke University Libraries

Today inflation is at a 40-year high, and it's up to the Federal Reserve to get it under control. But there was a time when our national response to inflation was far more individual, and far more personal. A time when the responsibility to contain prices fell to each and every citizen. And it worked!

How war bonds, controlled prices, and a national network of nosy neighbors helped beat inflation. And why we'll never tackle it that way again.

Music: "Empire Jubilee March" "Call To Work" and "Sophisticats."

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