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War Industries Board

When the United States entered World War I, it became clear that it needed an organization to oversee the manufacturing and distribution of war products that were so desperately needed by both the American and Allied troops. By the summer of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson's administration had established the War Industries Board (WIB)—under the leadership of the Wall Street stock speculator Bernard M. Baruch—to serve as the center of industrial mobilization. WIB war contracts ensured a rapid increase in production by negotiating fair prices that guaranteed company profits. Government wartime agencies had unparalleled control over shipping and trade and virtually took over the operation of the nation's railroad, telephone, and telegraph systems. The Lever Act and the Fuel Control Act of 1917 gave President Wilson unmatched power over food production, commodity prices, raw materials, and the nation's fuel resources. These changes...

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