Critical Thinking

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Critical Thinking Research Project One of the common beliefs in Thinking Activity 5.2 that is asked to evaluate is "I believe that there are more people on the earth today than there were one hundred years ago." In looking for evidence to support this belief in The La Guardia and Wagner Archives about New York City social history from the 1940's that I discovered that many of these documents are concentrated on the constructional, housing and living problems after World War II in N.Y.C.

Based on them I want to show that population was growing and it means that people were less a hundred years ago than now.

The first argument that proves quickly rising population is connected with a need to enlarge and save food for new coming people (especially homing veterans). A quote of President Truman to the American people show it clearly: "¦"Conservation of food must start at once.

Save unused slices of bread, makes good toast. Save every piece unused of bread, good for pudding, bread, crumbs, you can cook it in vegetables, stuffing"¦"Other words said by President Truman represent a strong persuasion to develop production of food by entrepreneurs.

"¦" We must make more butter, as even butter substitutes are becoming scarce. Fats are needed all over the world, creameries must stop custom churching"¦" Other facts which documents an increase of people between past and at present is related to public housing in N.Y.C. A quote of Division of Housing Veterans Cooperative addressed by Herman T.Stichman show this is "¦"I referred to the State's Emergency Housing Program as what I there thought was temporary but necessary measure. Today, more than two years after the ending of hostilities, we find that we are still building emergency housing, remodeling barracks, still converting, still remodeling old tenements, school...