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One Third of a Nation: Lorena Hickok Reports on the Great Depression
Between 1933 and 1935, Lorena Hickok traveled across thirty-two states as a "confidential investigator" for Harry Hopkins, head of FDR's Federal Emergency Relief Administration. Her assignment was to gather information about the day-to-day toll the Depression was exacting on individual citizens. One Third of a Nation is her record, underscored by the eloquent photographs o ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published May 1st 1983 by University of Illinois Press
(first published April 1st 1981)
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Oct 06, 2014 Susan Albert rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I read this to get a sense of Lorena Hickok as an observer, a writer, a social commentator--and came away with a clearer understanding of her as a person. A lively, conversational, often passionate review of the New Deal as it played out in communities across the country, enhanced with an excellent introduction and notes. If you want to know what the Depression was really like, read this. It's too bad that Hickok was discouraged from publishing this material during her lifetime.
While there's quite a bit of repetition, natural since so many people were in the same situation, the information collected by Hickok gives a thorough, and devastating view of the Great Depression's effect on the citizens of the United States. It left me wondering how many more would have died if it weren't for the government's sometimes flawed role in aiding its people, and what it says about so many now who reject that role.
There is nothing like reading a history or biography book and being so completely transported to another time and place that you find...
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