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Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression

Terkel, Studs

Published by Allen Lane the Penguin Press, Great Britain, 1970
ISBN 10: 0713901829 / ISBN 13: 9780713901825
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Title: Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great ...

Publisher: Allen Lane the Penguin Press, Great Britain

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Hard cover. A near fine copy with slight wear to the top and bottom of the spine. A near fine dust jacket with wear to the top and bottom of the spine. This is the British First of an important history of the depression. Bookseller Inventory # 007072

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Synopsis: A reissue of Terkel's classic work, with a new introduction by the author. "HARD TIMES doesn't render the time of the Depression or historicize about it - it is that time, its lingo, mood, its tragic and hilarious stories..." - Arthur Miller.

Review: First published in 1970, this classic of oral history features the voices of men and women who lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s. It includes accounts by congressmen C. Wright Patman and Hamilton Fish, as well as failed presidential candidate Alf M. Landon, who recalls what it was like to be governor of Kansas in 1933:

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.

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