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agency attending. Then he would bring somebody with him. That it became obvious, for instance, that Mordecai Ezekiel, Lubin and people like that would know more about the subject than the principals would. I don't mean that the second string wasn't strong. These people strengthened the whole committee and made it much stronger. It had been in operation way before July 16.

It grew out of another committee, which I think Henry Wallace was the prime mover in, which had been going on for several years in an effort to understand all the economic factors that were bearing upon our recovery, when recovery from the depression was the primary burden. That used to meet over in the Department of Agriculture regularly. E. A. Goldenweiser was on it, and a very important member of it. It was into that group that Riffat Tirana first came when he came from Europe. He began to point out certain things that he knew from his studies of the League of Nations. Stuart Chase came to that committee too. It went on pretty consistently until the time of the war, and then the same idea of studying all the economic factors that were playing upon our present situation, which was of course modified and formed by the war, thinking about it, having things looked up in answer to questions that rose in the minds of people who were on the committee, was, I think, a continuation of that idea. This wartime committee had a special name, but I don't remember what it was.

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