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These paragraphs were crafted by one who was described by his editors as "a serious student of the Depression" (we don't know what one had to go through to earn that moniker, but it sounds painful) It was written by Pare Lorentz (born Leonard MacTaggart Lorentz: 1905 1992) - a documentary filmmaker who is remembered as one of the finest of his era. What German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl was for Hitler, Pare Lorentz was for FDR; he directed the 1936 masterpiece The Plow That Broke The Plains . But in writing the column on the right, Lorentz rolled up his sleeves wishing to impart to the college graduates of 1933 that they will have a tough time ahead.

When W.W. II began and the factories reopened, the reality of having money and full-time employment made so many people giddy with excitement it proved to be too much for them - click here to read about that...

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Your Graduation Gift: Despair (New Outlook, 1933)

Your Graduation Gift: Despair (New Outlook, 1933)

Your Graduation Gift: Despair (New Outlook, 1933)

Your Graduation Gift: Despair (New Outlook, 1933)

Your Graduation Gift: Despair (New Outlook, 1933)

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