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How a Russian Jewish Lullaby Turned into the Anthem of the Forgotten Men and Women of Our Country

9 monthes ago   |   By Tablet Magazine

On Apr. 7, 1932, Franklin Roosevelt, then governor of New York, gave his first coast-to-coast radio address on the National Broadcasting Company. He called for economic solutions that rose “from the bottom up,” and for financial support for farmers and relief to small banks and homeowners. And he asked Americans to have faith “once more in the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.”
That summer, a song written in 1930 capturing the spirit of the forgotten man's struggle shot to the top of the charts: Jay Gorney and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg's “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” Gorney...
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