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In the 1920s, American industrialists were desperate to find a rubber crop that could be grown in the United States. Thomas Edison took this on as his last project and devoted four years of his life to the search. After years of trials on thousands of specimens, Edison died with the project unfinished. Yet the project did not end, and soon was transferred to two nearby locations, the USDA Bamboo Farm and the Ford Plantation [both are on outskirts of Savannah GA.] This illustrated talk will survey the search for rubber in America, with emphasis on its impact on the local area.
Finlay, Mark, "Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and the Search for Rubber in Florida and Savannah" (2001). Robert Ingram Strozier Faculty Lecture Series. 78.
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