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Skip to content 10 April August 19, 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 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. By Janet B. The stock market system that controls money in America plunged to a record law. But this event was only the beginning of many bad years to come. By the early s, one out of three people was not working.
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Robert Tyre Jones Jr., Cheryl Mullenbach is a former history teacher, librarian, public television project manager, and K12 social studies consultant.
What was always interesting to me, though, was that no one in my objectively poor and struggling family ever described their past with anything like hopelessness or despair. Instead, they spun tales that had to do with pluck and even joy. Often, stories that emerge from difficult times endure because they illustrate universal themes about hope, creativity, family, and the triumph of the human spirit. Beans kids had interesting nicknames in the s! These are hard times, and Beans and his fellow Conch pals have big plans in this new entry into a rich tradition of Depression-era historical fiction.