The Great Depression Author:David A. Shannon 1929-1941 — The Story of the Great Depression Told in Human Terms — What was it like, in 1930, to stand in a cold rain for hours to receive a handout of a loaf of bread? What did a destitute family actually do when city relief funds gave out? How did they survive? Cold rows of statistics do not answer questions like these. This book does. — The Cra... more »sh: A Nation in Panic
How can we recapture in some measure the sick feeling of fear and hysteria that swept across the world's richest, most powerful country in the wake of the stock market collapse of 1929? Only by telling the stories of real people who, smug and complacent in he highly touted New Era of Prosperity, found themselves, almost overnight, impoverished and panic-stricken with no recovery in sight.
A Nation's Nightmare: An Eye-Witness Account
David A. Shannon's THE GREAT DEPRESSION is a journal of human experience during those times: a carefully assembled collection of contemporary articles and news accounts by outstanding writers. Here are vivid documents-case histories-of bands of hungry children roaming the country like scavengers; of men and women seeking jobs in Russia; of shantytowns in New York's Central Park; of hunger riots; of the "lucky" who kept their jobs.
This is a side of the depression that we must see. Editor Shannon states in his introduction to this absorbing book, "...the present is only the cutting edge of the recent past...if one would understand the United States today, he must know the Great Depression."« less