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Terkel comments and presents "Hard Times: an Oral History of the Great Depression"; Chapter 9

BROADCAST: 1971 | DURATION: 00:51:47

Synopsis

Presenting "Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression" Chapter 9: God Bless the Child. In this section, interviewees are children that grew up during the Great Depression they talk about their experiences. Jane Yoder and her son Tom Yoder discuss the shame that can accompany poverty and the importance of warmth and food over all else. Bob Leary is a cab driver that talks about his father's lack of self confidence even when able to find work. Daisy Singer remembers the need to keep up appearances. Robin Langston's family always had what they needed and sometimes what they wanted as a black family kept afloat by a restaurant. Slim Collier grew up in Iowa with no electricity or running water, but with corporal punishment on the farm. Phyllis Lorimer talks about her divorced family and the wealth variance between them. Dorothe Bernstein discusses her upbringing in an orphanage and the lack of an impact the Depression made on her life. Larry Van Duse reflects on his father's temper and his resentment of growing up in the Depression. Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" plays at intervals throughout.