Years of Progress, Years of Trial 1920-1938
In the early 1930s, a decade after the Constitution was passed Masaryk observed, "I think our Constitution is good, but the question has always been and continues to be, how do you make the words live?" It was a profound question. It was clear to Masaryk's piercing mind that, despite independence, despite the apparent progress of the society, and despite the presence of freedom, more than a decade after the adoption of the Constitution, something was still amiss in the Republic. Only a man of his perception could have sensed the subterranean problems that would surface when the nation faced disaster. To all outward appearances, the fruits of freedom, of national pride, of idealism, were ripening everywhere.
Palacký, Havlíček, Masaryk, and the other political and intellectual leaders had repeatedly impressed upon the people the necessity of