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  •  Ya know.... (4+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Amber6541, Kickemout, BusyinCA

    I remember my parent's and grandmother's stories about the depression.  Luckily they were able to rent a house because all the grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins lived there.  My father, who had been to college (on a football scholarship), was lucky to get a janitor job and contribute to the 'house' fund.  They all had each others back.  But even that sometimes grew wearisome.  
    The best (I use that term only as a descriptor of just how good the book is, not that it was in any way the 'best' of times) book I've ever read on the depression years is 'The Worst Hard Time' by Timothy Egan.  It's harrowing.  Anyone who reads that book should have serious concerns about the dismantling the social safety nets of Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

    I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

    by Lilyvt on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 05:39:46 AM PDT

    •  thanks for that Lilyvt (2+ / 0-)
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      Lilyvt, Amber6541

      they were from a resourceful era,

      they had to be.


      sounds' like a must-read book, thanks.

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        jamess

        The book is a 'must' read for anyone with the power to keep the social safety nets going strong (even more important reading for the ones who want to use the monies for private, selfish reasons).
        PS both my parents and my grandmother were proud to call themselves 'Roosevelt democrats'.
        (as an aside, years ago I worked in a bookstore and had the pleasure of meeting Doris Kearns Goodwin when she had just written 'No Ordinary Time', we talked about the era and I told her about the fact my parents considered themselves 'Roosevelt democrats' and she signed a book for my Mom - 'from one Roosevelt democrat to another'.  My Mom LOVED that.)

        I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

        by Lilyvt on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 05:58:21 AM PDT

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