Hard Times by Studs Terkel
An Oral History of the Great Depression

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Synopsis

In these interviews, Studs Terkel recreates one of the most dramatic period in American history. It is a mosaic of memories from those who were richest to those who were the most destitute. Politicians like James Farley and Raymond Moley; businessmen like Bill Benton, Treasury Secretary Kennedy, and Clement Stone; a six-day bicycle racer; Sally Rand; artists and writers; racketeers; speakeasy operators, strikers, and impoverished farmers, people who were just kids and those who remember losing a fortune; all these lives form a rich and variegated panorama of this absorbing period.

This book is not only a gold mine of information, but a fascinating interplay of memory and fact, showing how the Depression affected the lives of those who lived through it, transforming the most bitter memories into a surprising nostalgia.

TOPICS include: The March * The Song * Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band * Hard Travelin' * The Big Money * Man and Boy * God Bless' the Child * Bonnie Laboring Boy * Three Strikes * Old Families * Member of the Chorus * High Life * At the Clinic * Sixteen Ton * The Farmer is the Man * Editor and Publisher * Concerning the New Deal * An Unreconstructed Populist * Peroration * Scarlet Banners and Novenas * The Doctor, Huey and Mr. Smith * The Circuit Rider * The Gentleman from Kansas * A View of the Woods * Campus Life * Merely Passing Through * Three O'Clock in the Morning * A Cable * The Fine and Lively Arts * Public Sevant...the City * Evictions, Arrests, and other Running Sores * Honor and Humiliation * Strive and Succeed
 

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Published January 1, 1970 by Pantheon. 470 pages
Genres: History.