"describing the trance into which the average American had fallen by the summer of 1929: He visioned an America set free from poverty and toil. He saw a magical order built on the new science and the new prosperity: roads swarming with millions upon millions of automobiles, airplanes darkening the skies, lines of high-tension wire carrying from hilltop to hilltop the power to give life to a thousand labor saving machines, skyscrapers thrusting above one-time villages, vast cities rising in great geometrical masses of stone and concrete and roaring with perfectly mechanized traffic - and smartly dressed men and women spending, spending the money they had won by being far-sighted enough to forsee, way back in 1929, what was going to happen.

— Frederick Lewis Allen  

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