The coronavirus pandemic is in some ways an echo of our history. People have compared it to other health crises, like the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic. Others have compared concerns about an economic downturn to what happened during the Great Depression.
For essayist Aleta Chossek, these parallels were born out in letters from her grandfather, a business owner who lived through the Depression:
“We have been having bad times here in America, but we have managed, so far."
“There are 12-13 million good laborers unemployed.”