Staff Person: Dale Sauter
We hear a lot of comparisons these days between the current economic climate and the era of the Great Depression. Today’s staff pick is a portion of a letter that offers some public viewpoint during the time of the depression. The letter, dated October 22, 1931, was written by Harry Seymour Logan in Oakland, CA, to this half-sister, Mrs. H.C. (Murdena Susan Logan) Kennerley in Pinehurst, NC. Remarking on existing economic conditions, Logan mentions that “Seattle I understand for the first time in her history [has] a breadline for women and children, which is pretty tough.” Logan goes on to make further comments of a more social and political nature when he says, “No wonder we have radicals and soap box artists. I don’t believe that the people who live in luxury can help feeling blue over the present situation, I imagine that people who boosted for the apparent jelly fish Hoover feel now as I do (a sap) I don’t think anyone blames him for the deppression [sic] but they feel he has the power and authority to untangle the mess.”
For more information on President Hoover’s reaction to the Great Depression, see the following online article.
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