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Author Golay, Michael, 1951-

Title America 1933 : the Great Depression, Lorena Hickok, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the shaping of the New Deal / Michael Golay.

Imprint New York : Free Press, 2013.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Rosen  973.917 H528Bg 2013    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
Description xvi, 316 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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unmediated n rdamedia
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue: Muffled figures, bitter winds -- View to a New Deal -- Part of the story -- Coal country -- Strandees -- The ghosts of Wall Street -- America's Siberia -- "The richest village in the world" -- The stricken South -- Empire of misery -- Epilogue: Prospects.
Summary The first account of the remarkable 18-month journey of Lorena Hickok, intimate friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, throughout the country during the worst of the Great Depression, bearing witness to the unprecedented ravages; an indelible portrait of an unprecedented crisis.
"During the harshest year of the Great Depression, Lorena Hickok, a top woman news reporter of the day and intimate friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, was hired by FDR's right-hand man Harry Hopkins to embark upon a grueling journey to the hardest-hit areas of the country to report back on the degree of devastation. Distinguished historian Michael Golay draws on a trove of original sources--including the moving, remarkably intimate, almost daily letters between Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt--as he re-creates that extraordinary journey. Hickok traveled by car almost nonstop for eighteen months, from January 1933 to August 1934, surviving hellish dust storms, rebellions by coal workers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and a near revolution by Midwest farmers. A brilliant observer, Hickok wrote searing and deeply empathetic reports to Hopkins and letters to Mrs. Roosevelt that comprise an unparalleled record of the worst economic disaster in the history of the country. Historically important, they crucially influenced the scope and strategy of the Roosevelt administration's unprecedented relief efforts. America 1933 reveals Hickok's pivotal contribution to the policies of the New Deal and sheds light on her intense but ill-fated relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and the forces that inevitably came between them." -- Publisher's description.
Subject Hickok, Lorena A.
Investigative reporting -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- History -- 1933-1945.
Depressions -- 1929 -- United States.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1918-1945.
Hickok, Lorena A. (OCoLC)fst00046640
Depressions. (OCoLC)fst00890969
Economic history. (OCoLC)fst00901974
Investigative reporting. (OCoLC)fst00978154
Social conditions (OCoLC)fst01919811
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900 - 1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781439196014
9781439196038 (e-book)

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