Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters from Children of the Great Depression

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Index
ER = Eleanor RooseveltFDR = Franklin Delano RooseveltLW(s) = letter writer(s)
Acquisitive individualism. See Consumer culture
Adamic, Louis: My America, 1928–1938, 40
Advisory Committee on Education, 91
African Americans: unequal treatment of in Depression America, 91, 195–96; requests for assistance from, 188–90, 196, 202–10, 221; ER's work for and popularity among, 196–97
Alabama, 91, 197; letters from, 49, 56, 60, 63, 78, 105, 126, 166, 204, 208
American Friends Service Committee, 13
American Youth Commission, 7, 196
American Youth Congress, 13
Arizona: letter from, 216
Arkansas, 91, 93; letters from, 57, 98, 106, 112, 172, 205
Art and music education, requests for assistance with, 94, 130–37
Arthurdale, W.Va., school for underprivileged children in, 13–14, 244, 248–49 (n. 34)
Automobiles: requests for, 150–51, 178–81; in American culture, 151
Baruch, Bernard, 13–14
Bicycles, requests for, 20, 21–22, 71–72, 150, 170–78
Blacks. See African Americans
Boston, Mass., 6, 41
Boys/young men: and CCC, 27; and gender politics/socialization, 28, 252–53 (n. 71); and family relationships, 252–53 (n. 71)
Boys Life, 29
Bridgeport, Conn., 6
Brodsky, Bertha, 238
Burials, requests for help with expenses of, 43, 86–87
California: letter from, 226
Canada: letter from, 162
Capitalism: LWs' negative views of, 1516, 22–23; LWs' acceptance of, 22. See also Consumer culture
Charities : ER's support of, 13–14, 243–44, 248–49 (n. 34); ER's staff refers LWs to, 237; ER's staff forwards requests to, 243
Chicago, Ill., 196, 200
Christmas: effects of Depression on celebration of, 145–48; requests for money and gifts to aid celebration of, 146, 151–62
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), 8, 27, 198; LWs make mention of, 134, 221, 222
Civil Works Administration (CWA), 28, 198; LWs make mention of, 60, 119, 162, 167
Class consciousness/interaction, 14–16, 22, 23, 24–26, 38, 95–96, 249 (n. 39)
Clothing: general requests for, 22, 23, 38, 43–59, 219; and youth peer culture, 22, 23, 94–95, 251 (n. 56); and graduation, 22, 94, 96, 255–56 (n. 13); requests for related to Easter, 23, 113–15, 148, 162–66; and social class, 25–26, 38; ERs, as viewed by poor youth, 38–40; requests for related to school attendance, 93, 103–7, 147; requests for related to gradua

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