A couple of really good books are by Rita Van Amber.
Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression of the 1930's Vol 1 &2
We'll Eat Again By Marguerite Patten (About how the depression affected England)
Dining During the Depression By Reminisce Books
The Worst Hard Time By Timothy Egan
The Dollmaker By Harriette Arnow
I've ready lots of other books on the depression and find it a very intresting time in our history. There are several books about how our depression effected countries like England and Canada. I find the ingenuity of the everyday housewife fascinating.
This thread got me thinking about my dad, who was born in 1929 in the "Deep South". I asked him today what it was like growing up in the Depression. He said he never even had a pair of shoes until he was six years old! I had no idea.
Wow, thanks for all the recommendations! I will call the library when I get back from vacation. I find it amazing what families did to survive and how many of them found creative ways to make things work. The concept of no shoes until school age is amazing to me. My father tells me that his Dad used to set up an informal barber shop on the porch and cut all the childrens hair. In return neighbors would share their produce, eggs and the like with his family. Now most of us dont even really know many of our neighbors anymore...myself included!
any infor would be great I love the post so far what is so interesting is I was born 11-17-66 my dad was born 1-11-09 my mom 11-23-23 depression babies they have passed on now but i would still like info
The great depression is my favorite period in history, I find it facinating how people coped and the fact that so many had hope and joy even when things were so hard. PBS had a couple of series that I saw that were excellent. Both were a part of the The American experience series "riding the rails" and "surviving the dust bowl"and I think one actually titled "the great depression"
my MIL and FIL, who were children/teenagers during the depression are still alive, and "there", and i pick their brain when i visit. they don't go to the stores, shop carefully and save, save, save. they taught my hubby some skills like making furniture, reusing and keeping things lke screws, and good money management. they put five children through out of state advanced degrees by paying cash.
sometimes the hoarding can become dysfunctional. like eating food that should be tossed, or having a basement full of junkola that need to be cleared out.
i was the one who needed to learn from them becuase my parents were 60 generation and had affluenza and taught it to me.
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