By Robert J. Hastings

ISBN-10: 0809313057

ISBN-13: 9780809313051

Informed from the viewpoint of a tender boy, this account indicates how a relatives “faced the Thirties head on and lived to inform the story.” it's the tale of grow­ing up in southern Illinois, particularly the Marion, region throughout the nice melancholy. but if it used to be first released in 1972 the e-book proved to be a couple of writer’s thoughts of depression-era southern Illinois.  “People all started writing me from everywhere in the country,” Hastings notes. “And all acknowledged a lot an identical: ‘You have been writing approximately my relations, up to your personal. That’s how I have in mind the Thirties, too.’” As he proves many times during this publication, Hast­ings is a traditional storyteller who can comment on the element that makes the story either poignant and univer­sal. He brings to existence a interval that marked each guy, girl, and baby who lived via it whilst that nationwide adventure fades into the past. 

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One of his daughters, Flossie, the teenager standing to the back and side of my grandmother, married Ted Boles. Although Ted did not die in an accident, his death was hastened by emphysema and black lung disease, caused by long years in the mines. Flossie's sister, Elva, the teenager standing third from the left in the middle row, married Archie Rodd. A rock fall in a mine broke one of Archie's legs in 1937. A few years later, another rock fall crushed him to death. My mother, the prettiest woman in the picture, is second from the left.

Rarely did I feel self-pity during the Depression. But one morning on my way to school I broke the tenth Commandment"thou shalt not covet . " I stopped at a friend's house, and while he was getting dressed, I waited in the kitchen. Unwashed dishes still sat on the table where he had eaten breakfast. Big yellow bananas filled a bowl. A package of corn flakes stood nearby. And in all its white, glistening beauty stood almost a quart of fresh, cold milk from the dairy. For a fleeting minute I questioned why there wasn't enough fresh milk for everyone.

By 1931, 2,298 banks had closed. Factories shut down, stores closed, and empty trains ran between once-busy cities where hardly a wisp of smoke now rose in the air. Local governments could collect only a small portion of taxes. Foreign trade came almost to a stop. The number of unemployed Americans rose to six million by the end of 1930, to Page 4 twelve million in 1931. Before the Depression ended, more than 5,000 banks failed, 32,000 businesses went bankrupt, and unemployment climbed to fifteen million.

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