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Wednesday, 11 December 2019
They Were a Great Generation of Americans
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It was a great generation, certainly—and largely because great leaders enabled it to be so.

by Conrad Black

The 78th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Saturday was widely observed and brought back to public discussion the achievements of what has been called “The Greatest Generation.” This was the term popularized, I believe, by NBC newscaster Tom Brokaw to describe the generation of Americans that came through the Great Depression, World War II, and the comparative peace and prosperity that followed for 20 years. It should be remembered that the reason this generation was so successful was largely because of the outstanding leadership that conducted it to such immense accomplishments.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office on March 4, 1933, near the bottom of the most horrible economic catastrophe in modern world history. Unemployment numbers were not then compiled by the Department of Labor and not all states could report them accurately. But historians of the era agree that unemployment was between 25 and 33 percent or approximately 17 million jobless people in a population of 125 million. There was no federal direct assistance for them. 

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Posted on 12/11/2019 5:57 AM by Conrad Black
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