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Growing Up in the Great Depression

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Peggy Harris was eight years old when the stock market crashed in 1929. The three Iowa banks owned by her family went into bankruptcy, taking her family from affluence to poverty overnight. This is the story of that change in her words 80 years later. It tells of the compassion she learned from suffering, and of the hope which ultimately prevailed.
Paperback, 220 pages
Published June 18th 2010 by
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Mar 21, 2012 Johnb rated it it was amazing
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Altogether, Growing Up in the Great Depression by Peggy Harris is a novel that is certainly worth reading. Published June 18, 2010, by, this book centers on author Peggy Harris’s experience of living through the Great Depression. It is made enjoyable due to its events, layout, and usage of primary sources. The events of this novel are a major aspect of what makes it worth reading. Just as the plot seems to be slowing, it picks right back up with an unexpected twist, which then makes you ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Kraig rated it really liked it
What would you do if, one day, the life you knew were suddenly turned upside-down? In "Growing Up in the Great Depression," Peggy Harris faced this very situation when she was eight years old and the stock market crashed in 1929. Before this time, Peggy was living a comfortable life in a small town in Iowa. Her father's family owned three banks, one of which the father ran. They made so much money that the family could afford to belong to a country club and own a Model T car. Unfortunately, ...more
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Apr 08, 2013 Lindsey O rated it really liked it
The book, “Growing Up in The Great Depression,” is about a girl named Peggy Harris and her family’s harsh life in the Great Depression. Her troublesome life begins when the three banks her father owns go bankrupt, making Peggy’s family lose all their money in just one night. The family is now forced to turn their house into a hotel until her father finally is offered a job working at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood. However, on the ride to Hollywood, her father was involved in a major ...more
Jason M
Apr 07, 2013 Jason M rated it really liked it
The book "Growing up in the Great Depression" is an autobiography written by Peggy Harris. This is an honest, yet tragic, story that tells about Peggy's early life and the hardships that she faced as a result of the Great Depression.

At the beginning of the story, the bank that Peggy’s family owned closed down due to the stock market crash of 1929. As a result, their family was bankrupt. Peggy, her parents and her brother John were financially ruined. Although her family tried to be strong and re
Kayla O
Apr 08, 2013 Kayla O rated it really liked it
In my opinion Growing up in the Great Depression was overall a good book. I always felt like i was part on the SImmons family going through their struggles that they went through during the depression. One of the best parts of the book is how you learned so much about Momma, Papa, John, and Mary you felt as if you could know them in person. The author told you their life stories and all the details of the hardship they had to face such as Papas death, moving out, losing all that they own. ...more
Danae G
Growing up in the Great Depression is about a young girl named Peggy whose world gets turned upside down when her family loses the bank that they had owned. Peggy is forced to move with her grandmothers house when her father dies an her mother can no longer support them on just her salary. This book does a great job of describing how it was for kids during the Great Depression, how they had to take on jobs and also how they had to learn to sacrifice things that they were so used to. The author ...more
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