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Shades Of The 1890s!

From cnn.com today: As Economy Drops, Violence And Fear Soar.

This article looked kind of familiar. I hauled out my paperback reissue copy of Wisconsin Death Trip, and flipped through it. Same stories -- bank failures, people losing jobs, killing themselves and their families out of shame and fear . . . and people worrying about their kids being sent to "the front" (in this case, the Spanish-American War) without adequate training.

History really does repeat itself. The 1890s had diptheria epidemics, and we've got bank bailouts, but still . . . some of those stories could have been written today.

Well, maybe not the one about the guy who couldn't pay his rent, so his landlady composed a magical song in the belief that if she sang it a certain number of times each day for a year, he would die. That one seems pretty firmly fixed in 1897.

But a lot of the rest of those stories seem pretty contemporary.

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perelleth
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
You know? I was thinking along the same lines as I drove to the office today (rather drifting towards the office while led by an enormous traffic jam) And then I wondered what Dad pony has to say to the current situation...:-)

frenchpony
Oct. 14th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'll be sure to ask him when I go home for SEM in a couple of weeks. He's the one who introduced me to Wisconsin Death Trip, after all.
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frenchpony
Oct. 14th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
As long as we don't have to relive the corseting of the 1890s. That would not be cool.
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frenchpony
Oct. 14th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
They are welcome to it. I don't want to wear the corsets, though!
berzerker_prime
Oct. 15th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
*raises hand*
frenchpony
Oct. 15th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Really? As tight as they did back then, with the wasp waists and everything?
meggins
Oct. 15th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
A prof up at William & Mary had an article in the local paper comparing the current economic crisis to the one in, uh, 1873 I think it was.

The more things change... (Sorry, too lazy to do it in French.)
frenchpony
Oct. 15th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
It's definitely clear that hard times, they are a-comin'.

Everybody haul out your Depression glass, now!
berzerker_prime
Oct. 15th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
*blink, blink*

OMG, you're right!

I'm sleeping with my sword, now. And burying all the bricks I can find.
frenchpony
Oct. 15th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Wait till all the loonies from the Mendota Insane Asylum start to come out at night, or Mary Sweeney the window smasher!
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