Summary: Between 1933 and 1935, Lorena Hickok traveled across thirty-two states as a "confidential investigator" for Harry Hopkins, head of FDR's Federal Emergency Relief Administration. Her assignment was to gather information about the day-to-day toll the Depression was exacting on individual citizens. One Third of a Nation is her record, underscored by the eloquent photographs of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and others, of the shocking plight of millions of unem
Summary: Between 1933 and 1935, Lorena Hickok traveled across thirty-two states as a "confidential investigator" for Harry Hopkins, head of FDR's Federal Emergency Relief Administration. Her assignment was to gather information about the day-to-day toll the Depression was exacting on individual citizens. One Third of a Nation is her record, underscored by the eloquent photographs of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and others, of the shocking plight of millions of unemployed and dispossessed Americans. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:81 Cover: Paperback Publisher:University of Illinois Press Year Published: 1981 International: No
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Hickok, Lorena :
Lorena Hickok made a name for herself in the 1920s and 1930s as a journalist for the Minneapolis Tribune, the New York Daily Mirror, and the Associated Press. Her publications include Ladies of Courage (with Eleanor Roosevelt) and Reluctant First Lady. She died in 1968.
Lowitt, Richard (Ed.) : University of Oklahoma
Richard Lowitt, a professor emeritus of history at the University of Oklahoma, is the author of a three-volume biography of the progressive George W. Norris.
Beasley, Maurine (Ed.) : University of Maryland at College Park
Maurine Beasley, a professor in the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park, is coauthor of Women in Media: A Documentary Source Book.
"Some of the best reports ever written on the state of America's underprivileged."
--Sylvia Jukes Morris, Washington Post Book World
"Lorena Hickok was a singularly gifted witness to the calamity of the Great Depression. From one end of the country to the other, she stared long and hard into the human face of America's greatest economic failure and social catastrophe. A seasoned reporter, she recorded her impressions in spare, muscular prose that still packs a punch. Eleanor Roosevelt told Hickok that her writing would come to be regarded in future years as 'the best history of the Depression.' Readers of this memorable volume will surely agree."
--David M. Kennedy, author of Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War
University of Illinois Press Web Site, November, 2001
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