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Office of Price Administration Rally

Sunday, May 12, 1946

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

The OPA, established in 1941, was tasked with controlling prices during World War II. In 1945, the program elapsed. This rally was arranged to increase awareness of the department and the reasons why it should be renewed.

Speeches on location at OPA Rally.

Paul Porter, of the OPA, explains to the audience why the OPA should be renewed.

Lewis Hines, American Federation of Labor, delivers an impassioned speech about rent control and production.

Chester Bowles, speaking from Washington, discusses the possible end of the OPA.

FDR, Jr., delivers a speech in opposition of dissolving the OPA.

Russell Nixon, of Congress of Industrial Organizations, talks about the impact the OPA has on the lives of veterans and the GI Bill. He also tells the audience that representatives telling the people they are for price control are not being truthful.

Mayor O'Dwyer talks about city employees and pay.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 68946
Municipal archives id: LT275

Contributors:

Chester Bowles, Lewis Graham Hines, Russell A. Nixon, William O'Dwyer, Paul Porter, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Paul M. Ross and Joseph Sharkey

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