Mob Disturbances in the United States

Archive Report

Recent Demonstrations by the Unemployed

Within recent weeks persons prominent in public life have given warnings of mob violence and attempts at revolution during the coming winter. Their statements, in most instances, have been accompanied by qualifying phrases, such as “unless relief is promptly afforded,” or “if remedies for unemployment and the business depression are not found.”

In an encyclical issued October 3, Pope Pius XI stressed the plight of the unemployed in all countries and wrote: “The want of so many families and of their children, if not provided for, threatens to push them—which may God avert—to the point of exasperation.” Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, in an interview at Philadelphia on October 1, said “the threat of revolution hangs over the country unless something ...

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