Letters to the Editor

How it really was here in 1938

Judy Sly used a thesis that a college student wrote in 1938 to make a point that she revealed in her last paragraph ("Thesis portrays Airport district in 1938," Sept. 29, Page B-6).

The thesis demoralized Americans who moved to California because of the Depression. They were not refugees in their own country. Any welfare received was for a short time. These Americans were desperate, as were others throughout the country. They were responsible, resourceful and proud people.

In Lillian Creisler's thesis, she made numerous exaggerations. She described how native Californians ridiculed the newcomers. I don't doubt some natives were smug. But Americans worked together and achievements were made in spite of prejudgment.

BERT HORAN

Modesto

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