Friday, March 5, 2010

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes" -- Mark Twain

If, in America, every man rises on his own merits, then he falls through his own failings. "Anyone," it was said, "could find a job if he really tried." That people who were economically secure should perpetuate this myth is understandable; what is, at first glance, more surprising is that the jobless themselves should do so.

The unemployed worker almost always experienced feelings of guilt and self- depreciation. Although he knew millions had been thrown out of work through no fault of their own, he knew too that millions more were still employed. He could not smother the conviction that his joblessness was the result of his own inadequacy.

from: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, by William E. Leuchtenburg. Chapter 6: "One Third of a Nation." Harper and Row, New York. 1963. pp.118-119.

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