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Title:
A secret gift [text (large print)] : how one man's kindness-- and a trove of letters-- revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression / Ted Gup.
Call Number:
LT 977.162 GUP
Publication Date:
2010.
Publisher:
Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2010.
Physical Description:
478 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.
Notes:
Originally published: New York : Penguin Press, c2010.
Contents:
A Christmas carol -- In consideration of the white collar man -- The bread of tomorrow -- If I would accept charity -- Families: the crisis that brought them closer -- Families: the crisis that pulled them apart -- An opportunity to help -- A merry and joyful Christmas -- True circumstances.
Summary:
The author's grandfather, Sam Stone, placed an ad in the Canton, OH, newspaper shortly before Christmas in 1933, offering cash gifts to seventy-five families in distress. Readers were asked to send letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author investigates a suitcase full of letters responding to these ads as he learns more about his grandfather's hidden past as well as the suffering and triumphs of strangers during the Great Depression. -- From publisher's description.
Horizon Bib Number:
1278570
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