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Down and Out in the Great Depression Letters from the Forgotten Man

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ISBN-10: 0807858919

ISBN-13: 9780807858912

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: Robert S. McElvaine

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Down and Out in the Great Depression is a moving, revealing collection of letters by the forgotten men, women, and children who suffered through one of the greatest periods of hardship in American history. Sifting through some 15,000 letters from government and private sources, Robert McElvaine has culled nearly 200 communications that best show the problems, thoughts, and emotions of ordinary people during this time. Unlike views of Depression life "from the bottom up" that rely on recollections recorded several decades later, this book captures the daily anguish of people during the thirties. It puts the reader in direct contact with Depression victims, evoking a feeling of what it was…    
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Foreword to the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Early Depression
Reactions to Hoover and Economic Breakdown
Conditions of Life in the Thirties
Proud But Frightened: Middle-Class Hardship
The Grass Roots: Rural Depression
A Worse Depression: Black Americans in the 1930s
To Be Old, Sick, and Poor
The Forgotten Children
Reactions to the Depression
Attitudes toward Relief
The Conservative
The Desperate
The Cynical
The Rebellious
The "Forgotten Man" Looks at Roosevelt
The Unconvinced
"Our Savior"
Notes
Sources of Letters
Index