Dorothy Day on Survival
Dorothy Day gives a talk that touches on a variety of topics, all loosely related to survival. She begins by discussing the nature of mobs, including Eugene V. Debs feelings on them (‘even the most friendly mob smells of the beast’). Day goes on to discuss her feelings on mass demonstrations—she doesn’t like them very much, but she feels that they are a good opportunity for young people to test their survival skills. She also discusses agriculture and farming; mass evacuations; World War II and the poor; the decline of white people; the rise of Blacks, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans; her experiences with stealing; and her childhood shame of her family’s poverty.

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