IV
ADVENTURES IN RELIEF

WHEN Tony Pucelli came to America from Naples in 1912 he went straight from the pier in New York City to the coal fields of the state he still calls "West Virgeen." He stayed there for four years, worked hard, and managed to save $500. Then he returned to New York and got a job working at the trade he had learned in his father's shop in Italy -- cobbling. He got a cheap room in the section of Greenwich Village that swarms with his compatriots. The $500 he left in the bank for three years. And when he took it out it was to set himself up in a shop of his own.

Tony did well as an independent cobbler. Customers for whom he had worked in the larger shop of his former boss brought their shoes to him to be repaired and so did his friends in the neighborhood. As soon as he felt certain that his future was secure he married Anita, the good-natured, buxom, seventeen-year-old daughter of a fellow Neapolitan. Within eight years she bore him six children, four of whom survived the ministrations of the Italian mid-

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Illustrations v
  • Introduction vii
  • Workers on Relief 1
  • II - Joining the Wpa 18
  • III - Changing the Face of A City 69
  • IV - Adventures in Relief 123
  • V - The Evolution of Work Relief 174
  • VI - In Unions There Is Strength 229
  • VII - The Struggle for Individualism 265
  • VIII - Toward Understanding the Wpa 299
  • Index 343
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