Depression, New Deal and Beyond (1932 – 1945)

Migrant Mother Family ~ Dorothea Lange, 1936

A fella ain’t got a soul of his own, just a little piece of a big soul – the one big soul that belongs to ever’body. Then…then, it don’t matter. I’ll be all around in the dark. I’ll be ever’-where – wherever you can look. Wherever there’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad – I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry an’ they know supper’s ready. An’ when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise, and livin’ in the houses they build – I’ll be there, too.” ~ Tom Joad, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

FDR and His Deal for a Desperate Time
        “And the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval … with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need.” ~ John Steinbeck

Franklin D. Roosevelt (October 31, 1933)
        “On the eve of a national election, it is well for us to stop for a moment and analyze calmly and without prejudice the effect on our Nation of a victory by either of the major political parties.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt & Gold Confiscation
        “The Presidential Executive order of April 5, 1933, prohibiting the ownership of gold for Americans…” in MOST circumstances – but not in all!