Down and Out in the Great Depression: Letters from the "Forgotten Man"

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Notes

Preface
1.
Fisk University, Unwritten History of Slavery: Autobiography Accounts of Negro ExSlaves, eds. Ophela Settle Egypt, J. Masuoka, and Charles S. Johnson ( Nashville, 1945, unpublished typescript), pp. 45-46, as quoted in Lawrence W. Levine, Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought Slavery to Freedom ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1977), pp. 443-44.

Introduction
1.
According to William R. Emerson of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, in an interview with the author, July 1975.
2.
A complete list of such works would constitute a bibliography on the Depression and New Deal and cannot be attempted in a footnote here. A few of the most useful books of these types include Irving Bernstein, Turbulent Years: A History of the American Worker, 1933-1941 ( Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1967); John Braeman, Robert H. Bremner, and David Brody, The New Deal: The State and Local Level ( Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1975); Robert Burke , Olson's New Deal for California ( Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1953); Lester V. Chandler, America's Greatest Depression, 1929-1941 ( New York: Harper and Row, 1970); Bert Cochran, Labor and Communism: The Conflict That Shaped American Unions ( Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978); Paul K. Conkin, Tomorrow a New World: The New Deal Community Program ( Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1958); David Conrad, The Forgotten Farmers: The Story of the Sharecroppers in the New Deal ( Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1965); Len De Caux, Labor Radical. From the Wobblies to the CIO, A Personal History ( Boston: Beacon, 1970); Melvyn Dubofsky and Warren Van Tine, John L. Lewis: A Biography ( New York: Quadrangle, 1977); Sidney Fine, Sit-Down: The General Motors Strike of 1936-37 ( Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1969); Frank Freidel, Franklin D. Roasevelt ( 4 volumes to date; Boston: Little, Brown, 1952-73); Walter Galenson, The CIO Challenge to the AFL ( Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1960); Otis Graham, Encore for Reform: The Old Progressives and the New Deal ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1967); Donald H. Grubbs, Cry from the Cotton: The Southern Tenant Farmers' Union and the New Deal ( Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1971); Ellis W. Hawley, The New Deal and the Problem of Monopoly, 1933-1939 ( Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1965); Irving Howe and Lewis Coser, The American Communist Party: A Critical History ( New York: Praeger, 1962); Bernard K. Johnpoll, Pacifist's Progress: Norman Thomas and the Decline of American Socialism ( Chicago: Quadrangle, 1970); Richard S. Kirkendall, Social Scientists and Farm Policies in the Age of Roosevelt ( Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1966); R. Alan Lawson, The Failure of lndependent Liberalism, 1930-1941 ( New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1971); William E. Leuchtenburg, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal ( New York: Harper & Row, 1963); George H. Mayer, The Political Career of Floyd B. Olson ( Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1951); Donald R. McCoy, Angry Voices: Left-of-Center Politics in the New Deal Era

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - The Early Depression 33
  • Chapter 1 - Reactions to Hoover and Economic Breakdown 35
  • Part II - Conditions of Life in the Thirties 49
  • Chapter 2 - Proud but Frightened: Middle-Class Hardship 51
  • Chapter 3 - The Grass Roots: Rural Depression 67
  • Chapter 4 - A Worse Depression: Black Americans in the 1930s 79
  • Chapter 5 - To Be Old, Sick, and Poor 95
  • Chapter 6 - The Forgotten Children 113
  • Part III - Reactions to the Depression 121
  • Chapter 7 - Attitudes toward Relief 123
  • Chapter 8 - The Conservative 143
  • Chapter 9 - The Desperate 155
  • Chapter 10 - The Cynical 173
  • Chapter 11 - The Rebellious 183
  • Part IV - The "Forgotten Man" Looks at Roosevelt 201
  • Chapter 12 - The Unconvinced 203
  • Chapter 13 - Our Savior 215
  • Notes 235
  • Sources of Letters 243
  • Index 247
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