Depressions - United States - 1929-1933

Dream Makers, Dream Breakers: The World of Justice Thurgood Marshall

By Carl T. Rowan

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"According to Carl Rowan, writing this impassioned biography of Justice Thurgood Marshall was 'tantamount to trying to write the social, legal, economic, political, and moral history of this nation over most of the twentieth century.' Crucial events in American history, such as the black migration out of the postbellum South, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Depression, and the African-American revolution of the 1960s are magnificently portrayed within the context of Justice Marshall's unrelenting mission to fulfill the promise of equal justice for every American."

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Growing Up

By Russell Baker

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"Russell Baker is the 1979 Pulitzer Prize winner for Distinguished Commentary and a columnist for The New York Times. This book traces his youth in Loudon County, Virginia. When Baker was only five, his father died. His mother, strong-willed and matriarchal, never looked back. After all, she had three children to raise and these were depression years. As is often the case, early hardships made the man."
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The U.S. History Cookbook: Delicious Recipes and Exciting Events from the Past

By Joan D'Amico, Karen Eich Drummond

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Chapters discuss different time periods in American history, focusing on typical foods and cooking styles. Includes recipes for such dishes as pumpkin bread, Virginia ham with cherry sauce, and buckwheat griddle cakes.

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The Seventeenth Child

By Dorothy Marie Rice & Lucille Mabel Walthall Payne

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The oral history of the seventeenth child of black sharecroppers, describing her life in Virginia and New Jersey during the Depression.

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Kit Learns a Lesson: A School Story

By Valerie Tripp

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Kit Kittredge, a girl living in Cincinnati in 1934, learns some lessons in thanksgiving as the Great Depression comes closer to home. Part of The American Girls series.

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Jimmy Crack Corn

By Candice Ransom

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A young boy and his father leave their northern Virginia farm in 1932 to march on Washington, seeking the bonus money veterans were promised after World War I.

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Esperanza Rising

By Pam Muñoz Ryan

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Spoiled, self-centered Esperanza loses her father, wealth and easy Mexican life and starts over as a California farm worker in the 1930s. Spanish words and magical realism grace this expansive, readable novel that is written from the heart.

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The Journal of C. J. Jackson, a Dust Bowl Migrant

By William Durbin

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Thirteen-year-old C.J. records in a journal the conditions of the Dust Bowl that cause the Jackson family to leave their farm in Oklahoma and make the difficult journey to California, where they find a harsh life as migrant workers. Part of the My Name is America series.

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Esperanza Rising

By Pam Munoz Ryan

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Beautiful Esperanza has grown up in luxury at her father's ranch, but when her father dies as the Great Depression strikes Mexico, she and her sick mother must leave their home to go to work in the labor camps of Southern California.

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Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp

By Jerry Stanley

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Thousands of families looking for work and a better life came to settle in 1930s California, but the town people wanted nothing to do with them and refused to let their children attend the same school as the "Okies" from Oklahoma. The Arvin Federal Emergency School was created to give these unwanted kids a chance to learn.

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