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The Great Depression

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A book by David A. Shannon

What was it like, in 1930, to stand in a cold rain for hours to receive a handout of a loaf of bread? What did a destitute family actually do when city relief funds gave out? How did they survive? Cold rows of statistics do not answer questions like … see full wiki

Author: David Shannon
Genre: American History
Publisher: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Date Published: January 1st 1960
ISBN: 1112697934
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Interesting look at Great Depression based on articles written at time

  • Mar 16, 2011
"The Great Depression" is made up of newspaper articles and transcripts of reports made at government committee hearings made during 1929-1934. There were also six case histories about the lives of "ordinary people" during the worst of the Great Depression and how they survived. Some articles were more formal than others, but this book gave a good idea of how the Great Depression affected people from every class and circumstance. This book didn't get into what caused the Great Depression or what was done on the national scale to get out of it except in how those things affected people on a personal scale. I found this book very interesting, and I'd highly recommend it.

Topics covered were unemployment numbers, wage decreases, ways attempted to earn money after a job was lost, relief measures by the government, malnourishment in children, vagrants and migratory workers, bank failures, stock drops, the fear of a violent revolt against the government, and how the depression affected the farmers, middle class, industrial workers, teachers, public schools, and college students.

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March 16, 2011
I'm a huge fan of learning history from the people that were actually there, so this book sounds right up my alley. Thanks for sharing :)
March 17, 2011
I also enjoy learning history by reading things written by the people who were there. :) You're welcome.
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