Edina-Morningside Junior High (Wooddale School) newspaper article, Oct. 28, 1947
How many American children grew up with their parents telling them to "eat all your vegetables. There are starving people in (insert your mom's choice of country here) who would love to have your broccoli."
If you didn't grow up during World War II, you may not know that the Clean Plate Club was part the homefront's effort to help win the war. You might wonder: how could eating all your food take down Hitler?
As this article from the Edina-Morningside Junior High newspaper "Blue and Gold" reported, America could send more supplies to our starving allies, if only students would eat their bread crusts.
The philosophy is an interesting contrast to the national response to the ongoing War on Terror: going shopping. Instead of urging citizens to cut back, officials tell us to spend money for a stronger economy and a stronger America. What's more, today you're not supposed to clean your plate, unless you want to eat your way to obesity.
And this, my friends, is why I love history. As times change, attitudes change. We are constantly challenged by the past to re-consider what we believe to be true for today.
I found this story in our archives when I was looking for stories for our upcoming exhibit "Edina's Greatest Generation." I also think it would be great as part of another exhibit we're working on about the history of Edina schools.For such a little article, it tells a lot about how Edina lived in the 1940s.
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