AMERICAN NOTES: Happy New Year

The year 1973 probably cost Americans more in terms of their self-image than any year in recent memory. The effect was dismaying as Watergate, pro longed economic malaise, sudden energy shortages and a general crisis of authority and trust lodged deeply with in the national psyche. In an odd and un welcome tattoo of accompaniment, na ture also wreaked a special havoc on the country for the second year running. Total damage for natural disasters in 1973 exceeded $1.2 billion. Federal funds ex pended to assist local governments and citizens in the 3 1 states plagued with nat...

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