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Lost Decade

The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself” 

 –Franklin Delano Roosevelt 


A century ago, the War to End All Wars concluded in 1918, but the extent of the devastation and its consequences went un-recognized.


America, for its participation, lay untouched. And the country was euphoric. Farms and factories opened floodgates of output to meet Europe’s needs with the nation benefiting from full employment and a high standard of living; thus, enjoying the Roaring

Crash of the stock market in October, 1929, although not the cause, was the precursor of the Great Depression to last the interminable decade of the 1930s.


The November 1931 election of Franklin Roosevelt as President of the United States generated great passion that all would be rectified and happy days would be here again. He continuously struggled throughout the decade, using Ivy League Brain.


Trust’s alphabet programs, plowing under farm crops, dumping milk, killing piglets; all in an effort to increase wages and prices but with little to no success.


When plans to control manufacturing production and prices were overturned by the Supreme Court, Roosevelt pressed Congress to allow him to appoint an additional six justices to the Court. Even his own party revolted against this attack on the third branch of the Federal Government.


With many youngsters in America during those fateful years, there was little understanding of the tragedies surrounding their lives. It was a game when growing up, one observed only friends known or living nearby and in comparable conditions being no better or worse off than themselves. It took maturity to formally understand.


As the economy improved, there was another world at war where there might be no survival, no better life, the disappointment not to have a family of your own, and equally as distressing, never to have experienced sexual delights with a wonderful woman.


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