A request that’s completely aboveboard

ca. 1980

A recession in the 1980s, with high inflation and soaring mortgage rates, caused a slump in the home-building industry and left companies bankrupt and many workers unemployed. Using their two-by-four stationery, these builders asked President Jimmy Carter to support the Brooke-Cranston Bill—a measure to assist citizens with their mortgages during times of recession.

National Archives, Jimmy Carter Library


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