Recommended reading for hard times… Hard Times

Hard Times Studs Terkel Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, the book, by Studs Terkel. It’s a compilation of oral history interviews he held with people about their experience of The Great Depression.

imageThe breadth of his interviewees and their experiences is what makes the book so good. The reader gets a good snapshot of life from many different perspectives from all strata of American society. No one is excluded. Wall Street barons and the great crash of 1929—those who got out of the market in time and those who did not. The adman who got rich during the Great Depression. People who helped to set up the Public Works program, including the Public Works Administration guy who hired Dorothea Lange, photographer, and what he did to ensure the survival of those amazing photographs. People who were profoundly grateful for the assistance programs during the 30s, and people who said “thanks but no thanks” to government handouts. Farmers who banded together to help one another from having their farms foreclosed on by the banks. And on and on and on. 

[cross posted at 2020 Hindsight]


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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on September 16, 2008 in • BooksOral History Projects
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