2 Am. Lab. Legis. Rev. 93 (1912)
Unemployment as a Coming Issue

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WILLIAM HARD
Member Editorial Staff, Everybody's Magazine, New York.
I speak only as a man whose occupation obliges him to be aware
of states of public opinion and of growths and changes in those
states. I shall not attempt to convey to you, who are much more
conversant than I am with the technique of industrial problems,
any facts now unknown to you about unemployment. My purpose
is very different. It is to indicate (i) that the problem of unem-
ployment is rapidly gaining genuine recognition in this country,
and (2) that the information which the public will need in legislat-
ing about unemployment is far from having been rendered avail-
able to it by those organizations, such as the American Association
for Labor Legislation, to which the public has a right to look for
technical guidance in such matters.
In the years 19oo to 1904 there were eight articles on unemploy-
ment printed in important American magazines. In the years 1905
to io9 there were sixty-four articles on unemployment printed in
important American magazines, and forty of these articles discussed
conditions not in Europe but in America itself. The years 191o
and 1911 showed a proportionate increase in the volume of maga-
zine attention given to this subject. It has emerged from its original
concealment in such magazines as Municipal Affairs and the Ameri-
can Journal of Sociology into open appearance in the weeklies and
monthlies of large general circulation. In fact, one might conclude
that unemployment was on the verge, not merely of consideration,
but of settlement, when one observes it in the pages of magazines
which, although they have no objection to controversial questions,
confine themselves usually in their choice of such questions to The
Propriety of the Occupation of Egypt by Napoleon, or The Grati-
fying Advance Made by Democratic Sentiment in the Court of
Frederick the Great, or The Menace of the Monopolies Estab-
lished by Queen Elizabeth.
Even more important than the increase in the volume of inter-
est in unemployment is the shift in the direction of the attitude

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