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Research / Re: Children/Teens During the ...
Last post by Debbie Vilardi - Yesterday at 06:08 PM
Just remembered there are autobiographical picture books by James Stevenson. Might be worth a look for you.
Research / Re: Children/Teens During the ...
Last post by olmue - Yesterday at 05:39 AM
Your location (as well as the rural-urban divide) will matter a lot. I had family in the greater NYC metropolitan area at that time whose experience was quite a bit different (they took on many part time jobs to get through it) than my family who farmed and ranched in rural Idaho at the same time. (Food was never an issue, though they almost lost the farm.) Depression or not, the living circumstances were wildly different to begin with, and then the concerns of families each each place during the Depression would be different, too. So I second the suggestion to look local for your sources. If possible, speak to someone who lived during that time. They will have been children and have a child's perspective (ie perhaps their parents shielded them from adult worries). But it will give you insight into what children then experienced, and coupled with research, you should be able to get a good idea of how things felt and what went down back then.
Research / Re: Children/Teens During the ...
Last post by Debbie Vilardi - December 08, 2023, 07:57 PM
I hadn't considered that you really need info for a specific location. Local historical societies are great for this. What you'll find for the city of Brooklyn, New York, and a small town in Nebraska would be quite different. So start local to your location with colleges, libraries, etc., and branch out.  (BTW, I did some of this for a short story that got published--it included research on various aspects of Brooklyn and Chicago for the Depression.)
Blueboard History, Hints & Tips / Re: The History of This Forum'...
Last post by 217mom - December 08, 2023, 02:56 PM
I appreciated learning about what has been a home for so many including me  :like
Good News! / Re: Sold a rhyming PB!
Last post by 217mom - December 08, 2023, 02:54 PM
 :congratulations  :cheers
Research / Re: Children/Teens During the ...
Last post by JodyJS - December 08, 2023, 05:42 AM
When I'm doing historical research, I use my library's research database. It's free with your card. Specifically, I log onto their subscription of It goes back way before the Great Depression. From there, you can narrow newspaper searches to geographic locations and time periods, by key words, and by proper and common nouns. Have fun!
Research / Re: Children/Teens During the ...
Last post by dewsanddamps - December 07, 2023, 07:17 PM
Harold and Debbie have given you some great leads. (The Secretary of the Interior, maybe not so much.) Don't forget oral interviews--find older people and ask them. It could be fun for them and helpful for you.
Research / Re: Children/Teens During the ...
Last post by David Wright - December 07, 2023, 07:14 PM
Gotta love this line from

"Secretary of the Interior Ray Lyman Wilbur, a medical doctor, argued in 1932 that the economic Depression could actually be good for children. Families with less money to spend, Wilbur concluded, would be forced to depend upon each other and live a more wholesome home life."

Good luck in your research :)
Education and Services / Re: Superior Second Pages-Upda...
Last post by Debbie Vilardi - December 07, 2023, 06:23 PM
Quote from: David Wright on December 06, 2023, 07:29 AMSeeing a bunch of examples focused on one aspect of story telling can really help a writer understand their own foibles better -- and I have many :)

Me too, but critiquing the works of others has helped me see them in my own work. Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to seeing you. Also, thank you for the compliments.

Ree, I hope you can make it.
Research / Re: Children/Teens During the ...
Last post by Debbie Vilardi - December 07, 2023, 06:20 PM
Harold has given you some great starting points. There are also books written during that time. A Google search turns up exhibits and presidential libraries on the era as well as one museum. Films of the era are another potential resource, though the depiction may not be accurate. Also consider university libraries. Any place with a history department will have scholarship on the times and may even have primary sources. You may also find a professor or two who specialize in the period. Just keep searching and follow up on any leads, including the bibliographical resources in the works you find. Good luck.
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