Men with tears in their eyes begged for an appointment that would help save their homes and farms. I couldn't see them all in my office. But I never let one of them leave without my coming out and shakin' hands with 'em. I listened to all their stories, each one of 'em. But it was obvious I couldn't take care of all their terrible needs.The book includes also the perspectives of ordinary men and women, such as Jim Sheridan, who took part in the 1932 march by World War I veterans to petition for their benefits in Washington, D.C., where they were repelled by army troops led by General Douglas MacArthur. Or Edward Santander, who was a child then: "My first memories come about '31. It was simply a gut issue then: eating or not eating, living or not living." Studs Terkel makes history come alive, drawing out experiences and emotions from his interviewees to the degree few have ever been able to match. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is the second book by Terkel I've read, the other being his superlative "The Good War".
Still, the great variety of people in the book gives it depth and you really feel like you learned a lot.
The book can be regarded as an excellent primary source of information from a historical point of view.
Part of my life was living during hard times and listening to family talk about experiences in that time period. Read morePublished 6 days ago by G. K.
Terkel amasses 500 pages of short Depression-era memoirs of mostly 2 to 3 pages in length. His work in ferreting out the sources, gaining their confidence, and getting their... Read morePublished 17 days ago by CJA
This is a collection of memoirs about the Great Depression, and should be looked at in that context. Not everyone was equally impacted. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fred Camfield
It is written as a series of conversations as though the author probably tape recorded the interviews and transcribed them, so it added to the flavor of the time. Great read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Evans
Would be nice to read for everyone, to understand what people should do to be mentally and physically prepared in case of potential future Hard Times. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel Baikoff
Yet another book that I really regret buying because the teacher forced us to buy it for her college course.Published 2 months ago by Megan
I was a child during the depression years thus unaware of the plight of so many. It opened my eyes to actually read the words of those who suffered.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by margie smith
AS an English teacher, I use this text to supplement student understanding of the Great Depression. Where some student's may not enjoy the "The Grapes of Wrath," Terkel... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laura Clemons
Studs did a great job of pulling together the thoughts and feelings of a wide, eclectic group of individuals on how they saw and experienced the Great Depression. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jim Altfeld