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Pickford, Mary (1892-1979) to George Vaughan

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.205 Author/Creator: Pickford, Mary (1892-1979) Place Written: Hollywood, California Type: Typed letter signed Date: 14 October 1933 Pagination: 1 p. 27.7 x 18 cm

Summary of Content: Pickford writes that she believes the real "depression" stems from the world-wide moral lapse brought on by World War I. She believes that "a greater spiritual consciousness is manifesting itself throughout the entire world" due to the influence of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and that things are bound to improve.

People: Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, 1882-1945

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IMorality and EthicsGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsGreat DepressionReligionPresidentArt, Music, Theater, and Film

Sub Era: The Great Depression

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