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Some of those figures were well known, at least in their day—Andrew Mellon, the Greenspan of the era; Sam Insull of Chicago, hounded as a scapegoat. But there were also unknowns: the Schechters, a family of butchers in Brooklyn who dealt a stunning blow to the New Deal; Bill W. Economic Crises.

United States. Shlaes also traces the mounting agony of the New Dealers themselves as they discovered their errors.

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She shows how both Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt failed to understand the prosperity of the s and heaped massive burdens on the country that more than offset the benefit of New Deal programs. It is why the Depression lasted so long. From to , federal intervention helped to make the Depression great—in part by forgetting the men and women who sought to help one another.

Authoritative, original, and utterly engrossing, The Forgotten Man offers an entirely new look at one of the most important periods in our history. Only when we know this history can we understand the strength of American character today. Schools Himself With His Watchlist.

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Bluffing It TV Movie Edit Cast Credited cast: Dennis Weaver Joe Hardy Lois Nettleton Anne Wilson Anne Francis Marie Hardy Forrest Andrew Duggan William Forrest Percy Rodrigues Jackson Pamelyn Ferdin Sharon Hardy Robert Doyle It is a sad fact that even though the local lender in many cases does not want to evict the farmer or home-owner by foreclosure proceedings, he is forced to do so in order to keep his bank or company solvent. Here should be an objective of Government itself, to provide at least as much assistance to the little fellow as it is now giving to the large banks and corporations.

That is another example of building from the bottom up. One other objective closely related to the problem of selling American products is to provide a tariff policy based upon economic common sense rather than upon politics, hot air, and pull.

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This country during the past few years, culminating with the Hawley-Smoot Tariff in , has compelled the world to build tariff fences so high that world trade is decreasing to the vanishing point. The value of goods internationally exchanged is today less than half of what it was three or four years ago.

Every man and woman who gives any thought to the subject knows that if our factories run even 80 percent of capacity, they will turn out more products than we as a Nation can possibly use ourselves. The answer is that if they run on 80 percent of capacity, we must sell some goods abroad. How can we do that if the outside Nations cannot pay us in cash?

And we know by sad experience that they cannot do that. The only way they can pay us is in their own goods or raw materials, but this foolish tariff of ours makes that impossible. What we must do is this: revise our tariff on the basis of a reciprocal exchange of goods, allowing other Nations to buy and to pay for our goods by sending us such of their goods as will not seriously throw any of our industries out of balance, and incidentally making impossible in this country the continuance of pure monopolies which cause us to pay excessive prices for many of the necessities of life.

But they seem to be beyond the concern of a national administration which can think in terms only of the top of the social and economic structure. It has sought temporary relief from the top down rather than permanent relief from the bottom up.

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It has totally failed to plan ahead in a comprehensive way. It has waited until something has cracked and then at the last moment has sought to prevent total collapse.

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It is high time to get back to fundamentals. It is high time to admit with courage that we are in the midst of an emergency at least equal to that of war.


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  8. Let us mobilize to meet it. Which Hoover policies does he single out for criticism? What measures does he propose for solving the economic crisis? How does this speech compare with his later campaign addresses like his Acceptance Speech at the Democratic National Convention and his Commonwealth Club Address?