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Hard Times; an Oral History of the Great Depression Summary
Studs Terkel

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Hard Times; an Oral History of the Great Depression Summary

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Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel is a panoramic chronicle of the 1930's, comprised entirely of interviews. It provides a top to bottom vision of the Depression, from the establishment that coped with the crisis to the hustlers and hobos that scraped by through it. Written in the late 1960's, the book also includes interviews with younger people. In his prologue, Terkel explains that the time has come to speak to the ignorant young about catastrophe.

The first of Hard Times' five books gives an overview of the Depression. It begins discussing the veterans' Bonus March in Washington that put the nail in the coffin of the Hoover administration. On one hand, it deals with the traveling culture of hobos and itinerants and the means by which families survived. On the other hand, in the chapter The Big Money, Terkel shows how...

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