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New England
America 1933: The Great Depression, Lorena Hickok, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Shaping of the New Deal
 
 
Author
Michael Golay.
Publisher Free Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9781439196014
Pages/Publication Date 317/2013
Daedalus Item Code 36216
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In the harshest year of the Great Depression, Lorena Hickok was hired by FDR's right-hand man Harry Hopkins to drive around the hardest-hit areas of the country and report back on the devastation. Hickok, a leading journalist and an intimate friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, traveled almost daily from January 1933 to August 1934, surviving hellish dust storms, rebellions by coal workers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and a near revolution by Midwest farmers. Her searing and empathetic reports to Hopkins and her letters to Mrs. Roosevelt had a profound effect on New Deal policies, which Michael Golay charts here, as well as the intense but ill-fated relationship between Hickok and Mrs. Roosevelt.

"Though much has been written and speculated about the nature of the personal relationship between renowned reporter Lorena Hickok and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Hickok's 18-month journey across the country during the worst period of the Depression, and her subsequent influence on Eleanor and FDR's response to the economic and social crisis, is by far the more fascinating and historically significant story. Unearthing masses of primary resources, including the daily letters that passed between Lorena and Eleanor, Golay provides an intimate glimpse into the afflicted heartland as Hickok crisscrossed the nation at the behest of FDR advisor Harry Hopkins. Her razor-sharp eyewitness accounts of the poverty and the desperation that afflicted ordinary Americans on a daily basis in 1933 constituted a humanized touchstone for architects of the New Deal still ironing out the specifics of the unprecedented economic-recovery programs. An invaluable contribution to the scholarship of the era."Booklist

 
 
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