1934: Liberty, Presidents, Dictators and Cars

As we slog our way into election year 2016, lets return to 1934. It was the year after Franklin D. Roosevelt took office and Adolf Hitler rose to power. Liberty magazine was helping Americans get through the Great Depression and found ways to entertain and engage the public. It was then that grassroots populism and racist nationalism was bubbling its way into public view.

These oddly juxtaposed features are from a representative issue of Liberty that addresses the presidency (a quiz to determine if the public can recognize past leaders), the state of the nation (a housewife complains about her fellow Americans) and the relative prices of cars (one called The Dictator). You can fill in the blanks with your own narrative.

 

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