Like Ourselves: Forecast for Survey Graphic
by Paul Kellogg
Sociologists are sketching new lines and whorls
like those on a weather map. These show the course of internal
migration in the United States before and during the depression.
The five million people who in the 1920s came to live in the cities,
from small towns and country districts, made up a movement as
momentous as the rush of settlers when the Erie Canal threw open
the Middle West. Now, with hard times and the cave-in of urban
payrolls, have come these back-set currents which are a challenge
to social and industrial planning. It is the old story of people
in search of a living.
Until our generation there was a relatively straight road to the
frontier for the adventurous and the hardy. Now weak and strong
alike seem to be milling about, drawn and driven by forces which
as individuals they can neither understand nor control. Camps
for migrants, subsistence homesteads, resettlement and colonization
projects, schemes for modernizing rural life or decentralizing
industry enter into the foreground of attention. Back of them
range those basic questions of quantity, quality and distribution
of population to which statisticians are alive but the public
only half aroused.