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The miracle of Wörgl

In 1932, in the middle of the Great Depression, the Austrian town of Wörgl was in trouble and prepared to try anything. Of its population of 4,500, a total of 1,500 people were without a job and 200 families were penniless. 425 more words

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You Can't Take it With You: Day 2

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My grandmother would talk about this trip in very practical terms. She described keeping my father, the 3-month-old baby, in a basket or box in the back of the car (they took the backseat out). 428 more words


Father's Day 2018

“It might come in handy one day” was my father’s motto. A child of the Depression, he abhorred wastefulness of every sort. One of his favorite recreations was to go to a farm auction on a Saturday and buy the boxes of junk that sell at the end for a quarter or fifty cents, then root through them at home to see what kind of useful tidbits could be uncovered. 140 more words


Breviloquence, Tosspots, and Uberty

My parents were children of the Great Depression, and, consequently, so was the vocabulary I inherited, complete with “mazuma” (money), “rubberneck” (gawk), “ixnay” (Pig Latin for “nix,” meaning “don’t”), and I certainly knew that Ub Iwerks, the genius behind Betty Boop cartoons, was one of the nation’s greatest animators. 642 more words

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

This is a fascinating account of the events that lead up to the worst man made ecological disaster in the United States. The story weaves together first person survivor narratives and news stories to illustrate the horror of living through “black blizzards” of dirt. 25 more words


Another Remarkable Bit of History I Just Learned

I like to think of myself as a curious guy. I even take pride in it, and in feeling that I actually know a few things. 1,207 more words


Record Income Inequality + Trade War = Another Recession?

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The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, so called, was imposed in 1930 when the Hoover administration raised tariffs on 20,000 foreign, mostly agricultural, imports in an attempt to protect American farmers as we were entering the Great Depression. 734 more words

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