Case Studies of Unemployment

Case Studies of Unemployment

Case Studies of Unemployment

Case Studies of Unemployment

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In this book, the settlements of the country offer for inspection the makeshift payroll of the unemployed--intimate loose-leaf records of what families turn in, humanly speaking, to take the place of their lost wages.

Something is seriously at fault with more than the hindings of American prosperity when blotted, inverted accounts like these drop out of its ledgers. We could not bear to have happen to those near to us what is set down of these men, women and children. Collectively we let them pass. Yet nothing could be clearer than that neither the workings of a divine providence, nor the things which they have individually done or left undone, are at the bottom of their discomfiture. The industrial arrangements which form the setting of these 150 case-stories are distinctly of modern and human contrivance, subject to change and control. And by gathering evidence when production was in full swing, by singling out families dislodged through no fault of their own, by drawing them from all sorts of occupations and a wide range of industries, the Committee on Unemployment of the National Federation of Settlements has made an original and clarifying contribution to straight-seeing on the subject. No such body of concrete cases, lifted from the industrial life of America the country over, has hitherto been available. They make up a source book of intimate and objective materials. Students of every facet of the complex problem will be indebted to these widespread observation posts.

In the nature of the case, however, the stories have yielded meaning to those who have gathered and analyzed them. Clinch Calkins, in Some Folks Won't Work , has . . .

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