Hardship and Hope: America and the Great Depression

Hardship and Hope: America and the Great Depression

by Victoria Sherrow

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpThis succinct chronological narrative of the Great Depression in America is good history and good reading as well. The decade of economic disaster, government legislation, and international political crises is brought to life through anecdotes, accounts of spontaneous social movements, and descriptions of the daily struggle of ordinary men and women. Sherrow conveys the desperation of the unemployed, the sorrows of families caught in the dust bowl or ruined by debt, and the myriad ways that people coped with poverty. An apt quotation from Will Rogers heads each of the eight chapters that trace the growing economic crisis and the slow restoration of hope under the New Deal. Inserts every few pages offer human-interest stories or present issues or events pertinent to that era. Although the book contains no illustrations or photographs, the clear print and the use of turquoise accents on chapter titles and sidebars give unity of design. The volume should be read as a whole. Each chapter covers many topics of life during the Depression years, and the book's value lies in the author's skillful integration of many individual stories and many group experiences into an understanding of the decade. A fine addition to the other titles on the subject such as Jacqueline Farrell's The Great Depression (Lucent, 1996).Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

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