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Hemp for Victory is a black-and-white United States government film made during World War II and released in 1942, explaining the uses of hemp, encouraging farmers to grow as much as possible.

The film was made to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort because other industrial fibers, often imported from overseas, were in short supply. The film shows a history of hemp and hemp products, how hemp is grown, and how hemp is processed into rope, cloth, cordage, and other products.

The film disappeared from the public eye for most of the mid-20th century, before resurfacing in 1989 thanks to the work of tireless activists. The United States government denied making the film, and the United States Department of Agriculture and the Library of Congress backed up the assertion that the government had never made such a movie. However, on May 19, 1989, three activists β€” Maria Farrow, Carl Packard and Jack Herer β€” donated two VHS copies of the recovered tape to the Library of Congress.

The film is above, for your viewing pleasure.

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