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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?: The Great Depression, 1929-1933

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?: The Great Depression, 1929-1933

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by Milton Meltzer

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Gr 7-12-- Meltzer focuses on the human reactions to the events of the Great Depression, and as such, draws heavily on first-hand accounts of those who experienced it. His narrative moves briskly from the '20s to the New Deal, covering the problems of the homeless and unemployed, the breadlines and bankruptcy. He reveals the despair and hopelessness of people who fell from relative comfort to complete poverty. This new edition of the book, which was originally published by Knopf in 1969, concludes with the rather pessimistic comment that the United States has ``declined'' into a service economy during the last decade, and that the gap between the ``haves'' and ``have-nots'' is widening. Songs by Woodie Guthrie and others are still included in this edition, but there are fewer photos than in the earlier version and they are not as clearly reproduced. The bibliography has been enlarged and brought up to date. Although several other books on the Depression are available, it's hard to beat Meltzer's collection of testimonials from those who lived through such terrible times. Students will find these accounts much more interesting than their textbooks; libraries not having the first edition will want this one. --Miriam Hansen, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire, WI

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