In what ways does the social impact of the recent downturn resemble that of the Great Depression?

The economic downturn and instabilities of the past eight years has been perhaps the foremost issue of early 21st-century America. Not since the Great Depression of the 1930s have material hardship and anxiety spread so wide and deep across the land.

For this assignment, find a news article relating to the impact of the downturn on ordinary Americans. (This article should be from an on-line newspaper — e.g., the New York Times or Washington Post — or news magazine — e.g., Newsweek or Time).

Open your commentary with a brief description of the article itself. Then, drawing on the content of the article, address the following questions:

1. In what ways does the social impact of the recent downturn resemble that of the Great Depression?

2. In what ways does it differ?

 

Please attach the URL for the article with your commentary submission.

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