American Rubber Concessions Abroad

Archive Report

Recent attacks at Geneva upon the labor policies of the Firestone Plantations Company in Liberia, and present preparations for the opening up of Henry Ford's 3,700,000-acre concession in the Amazon Valley, have drawn public attention in the United States to the operations in foreign countries of American companies requiring large supplies of crude rubber. The Ford and Firestone concessions are the two largest enterprises undertaken to date to provide American consumers with rubber grown on American plantations abroad. These concessions, in contrast with other American rubber-growing projects, include grants of power by the contracting governments which go far beyond the growing of rubber itself. Questions arising in connection with the exercise of these powers and the exploitation of other American rubber holdings abroad seem ...

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