Political Science 128: U.S. Foreign Policy
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton VA 24401
by Prof. Gordon L. Bowen, Ph.D.
In 1948, the US produced:
42.9% of the world's coal production,Our GNP was to that of the Soviets as 100 is to 30.
48.9% of the world's iron,
51% of the world's steel,
58% of the world's crude oil,
84% of the world's motor vehicles.
By 1968, world economic recovery led to decline in U.S. primacy:
24.9% of the world's coal production
13.5% Iron Ore production
23.4% Crude Oil production
40.6% Motor Vehicles Produced
sources: United Nations Statistical Yearbook (NY: U.N. Statistical Office, 1958, 1969); U.S. Foreign Policy Documents, 1963-1977, ed. Nicholas O. Berry (Brunswick, OH: King's Court Communications, Inc., 1977): 23.
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