To some of the people of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the word recession' is already a reality.?
To some of the people of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the word recession' is already a reality. At the Municipal Fieldhouse inn Warner Park in Ghattanooga, 650 people stand in line, queuing for free food.
The Agricultural Department, which provides this free food from agricultural surpluses, doesn't like to hear the word breadline. For one thing, that feared word is a reminder of the depression years before the last war; and for another, the food given away is more than just flour - there's cheese, cornmeal, rice, and powdered milk - sufficient food to keep a family going for a month, until the next queue - or breadline - forms.
The men in this queue are the unskilled workers of the area, always the first to suffer. One man said "I'll work, I wanna work, but 'bout all I know is how to bend my back, and there jest ain't much call for that nowadays. Rightly or wrongly, these men of Tennessee are blaming the Eisenhower Administration for their hard times.
Last month 175 families queued for free food in Chattanooga, this month that number is up to 650, And of the 100,000 workers in this area, more than 10,000 are out of jobs. That's the worst average in the Southern Cities.
And yet, Labour Statisticians say the Southeast is not so badly hit as the nation as a whole.