My Journal as a Participant of The Great Depression

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The Optimistic Depression
1 January 1930
How do I start this huh? I’ve never done this – I don’t know why I’m doing this. It leaves a trace when I need to make tracks. You have to listen to your mother though. Especially if you don’t want her to know that you’re in the business. You know what business. I’m a bootlegger in The Windy City. I serve in the Chicago Outfit; otherwise known as the “Capones”. The name’s James Remus and I am writing this on the eve of the new decade. Hopefully it’ll be just as prosperous as the last. Just make sure this book doesn’t fall into the hands of the coppers. Times like these, everyone has got to fight just to keep their heads above water what with the banks going down and all. Hell I even lost some dough to the market. The last thing I need right now is some heat. I’m not worried though. I can make the money back and staying silent is my specialty.
1 January 1931
A year has passed and magazines have started printing some stuff how this decade will be “fraught with contradictions” (Popular Culture During the Great Depression 1), whatever that means. But I disagree. I plan to consistently gain money every year for the rest of my life. That isn’t to say if I made more than average I would be unhappy. In fact, I would be slap-happy. Like now, for instance. In this last year I’ve made more than I ever have off of this prohibition scam. The 1930’s are going to make me rich! I’m like a rock while the rest of these people are the pebbles so easily kicked down the street. Some of these normal people just can’t decide on what they want. First they think they hate how the future looks and want to go back to tradition and history. The next day they claim the future can’t get here soon...

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