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Children Of The Great Depression

by Russell Freedman


As he did for frontier children in his enormously popular Children of the Wild West, Russell Freedman illuminates the lives of the American children affected by the economic and social changes of the Great Depression. Middle-class urban youth, migrant farm laborers, boxcar kids, children whose families found themselves struggling for survival . . . all Depression-era young people faced challenges like unemployed and demoralized parents, inadequate food and shelter, schools they couldn’t attend because they had to go to work, schools that simply closed their doors. Even so, life had its bright spots—like favorite games and radio shows—and many young people remained upbeat and optimistic about the future.

Drawing on memoirs, diaries, letters, and other firsthand accounts, and richly illustrated with classic archival photographs, this book by one of the most celebrated authors of nonfiction for children places the Great Depression in context and shows young readers its human face. Endnotes, selected bibliography, index.

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Book Information

Copyright year 2005
ISBN-13 9780618446308
ISBN-10 0618446303
Class Copyright
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
File Size 0 MB
Number of Pages 128
Shelf No. KB348
Grade Range 5 - 9
Ages 10 - 14
Lexile 1170L
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