“It Takes A Rich Land To Support A Democracy” — Sterling North


Others  wrote in 1937, at the height of our Depression, frequently calling attention to the parallel between impoverished land and impoverished people.  In 1938 Sterling North of the Chicago Daily News wrote, “Ardently as I have scanned the writings of Europe’s half –pint Napoleons I find but one undoubted truth uttered between the two of them.  Each has said in effect, “It takes a rich land to support a democracy.’”  North continued, “Every time you see a dust cloud, or a muddy stream, a field scarred by erosion or a channel choked with silt, you are witnessing the passing of American democracy…The crop called Man can wither like any other…”

-Sterling North


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