History, often a slatternly housekeeper, seldom tidies up until long after the party is over. Usually she is more hindered than helped by her guests. But last week one distinguished guest lent history a helping hand.

Chatting in her column about one thing & another, Eleanor Roosevelt reminisced about the "Hoover depression," a phrase minted by the Democrats, widely circulated by her husband, and used as legal tender by a whole generation. Wrote she: "If only we can avoid a repetition of the depression that culminated in Mr. Hoover's administration, we will be very fortunate. This depression, of course, had nothing...

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