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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.
Chillingly comparable to today's economic conditions. Readable history; maybe a prescient warning as well.Published 2 months ago by Anne L. Watson
Subsequent generations can't imagine this, but they should, and they will if they read this book. Terkel has reached into the souls of the survivors, and their perspectives are... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jenrus
A fantastic oral history about the Great Depression from people of all walks of life. Should be required reading for anyone too young to have known anyone who lived through The... Read morePublished 12 months ago by John A. Lefcourte
So you thought you knew everything about the Great Depression!? You will gaina better insights after a complete read of this work. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ross N. Tucker
Part of my life was living during hard times and listening to family talk about experiences in that time period. Read morePublished 15 months ago by G. K.