In regard to the June 7 letter of Mr. Philip J. Migliore, I also lived through the Great Depression. However, my perspective is very different. My brother, two sisters, and I were among the fortunate six percent who managed to get a college education even though our family was terribly affected by the Depression. But we were neither blind nor insensitive to what was happening in our country.
When the Great Depression started and then the economy was really crippled with the crashing of the Stock Market, President Herbert Hoover (R) believed that prosperity would return without any help from the government. With that thinking and subsequent lack of action, the situation became desperate, and the people turned to Franklin D. Roosevelt (D). FDR was a highly educated and wealthy man who knew history and had to have been keenly aware of what happens when millions become desperate and hopeless. They turn to anarchy or revolution.