Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Cry of the Middle Class: Hagop Bogigian, 2 June 1914

There has been a lot in the news lately of the lessening economic opportunities and quality of life of the disappearing American Middle Class. 

On 2 June 1914, Hagop Bogigian, authored the "The Cry of the Middle Class. " Mr. Bogigian came to America from Armenia in 1876 and became a successful businessman and activist against human injustice. He wrote, "Is it not time for our thinking men and women and influential newspapers and magazines to take up the cause of the middle class and work for the interest of those who are the greatest sufferers and the greatest in number? We, who form the middle class, have done no injury to the country. We have used no dynamite to blow up buildings, bridges, and railways. We have not taken up arms against the State and Federal authorities. We have not intimidated the President, Governors, and Legislators, or men in authority. If it were not for ninety-eight percent of the population, what would the union labor do for their living? The present Administration and Congress have gone mad on the labor question, as if that was all that was expected of them."

Hagop Bogigian, Boston, Mass., June 2, 1914.
“Those who forget history are destined to repeat it.” George Santayana
Bill Milhomme, Foxboro, MA 02035


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