The Unknown Citizen Term Paper

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The Unknown Citizen


The Unknown Citizen Is Me

“The Unknown Citizen”, a poem written by W.H. Auden, reflects a period of vast change in
America’s history, making “The Unknown Citizen” an example of the government’s view of the
perfect modern man in an overrated, unrealistic society.


During the time period that this poem was written, in the late 1930’s, The United States
was going through tremendous social, political and economic change. Following the passing
of Black Monday and at the onset of The Great Depression, many Americans held negative
opinions of their government and the many positive aspects that once drew citizens to the
United States were becoming increasingly negative. The Great Depression fundamentally
changed the relationship between the government and it’s people. Citizens began to expect
and accept a larger federal role in their lives and the economy. During this time period,
Americans were issued cards with a personalized federal numbers, better known as Social
Security cards, which in turn depersonalized the political system of the United States.


We the people, see our government as a coalition between our leaders and ourselves,
leaders that we elect to represent and enforce our values. They merely see us a number.
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