Children of the Great Depression

Children of the Great Depression

Book - 2005
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As he did for frontier children in his enormously popular Children of the Wild West, Russell Freedman illuminates the lives of the American children affected by the economic and social changes of the Great Depression. Middle-class urban youth, migrant farm laborers, boxcar kids, children whose families found themselves struggling for survival . . . all Depression-era young people faced challenges like unemployed and demoralized parents, inadequate food and shelter, schools they couldn't attend because they had to go to work, schools that simply closed their doors. Even so, life had its bright spots--like favorite games and radio shows--and many young people remained upbeat and optimistic about the future.

Drawing on memoirs, diaries, letters, and other firsthand accounts, and richly illustrated with classic archival photographs, this book by one of the most celebrated authors of nonfiction for children places the Great Depression in context and shows young readers its human face. Endnotes, selected bibliography, index.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9780618446308
Call Number: 305.23 FREEDMAN
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Children -- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Children -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Depressions -- 1929 -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Depressions -- 1929.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945 -- Juvenile literature.


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The Great Depression was hard on everyone, but Freedman puts a human face on it by quoting those who were children during that time, like the hungry girl who told her teacher that she couldn’t eat that day because “It’s my sister’s turn to eat”. Illustrated with photographs.


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