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One thing I've noticed particularly. That is that people outside the relief business aren't thinking much about it. They are more like they used to be last summer, when things were booming and, if they were conscious of relief at all, they were bored by it -- not critical, just bored. CWA apparently aroused public interest in relief for a time. Now that's gone, and they've lapsed back into indifference.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, enroute, Memphis to Denver, June 11, 1934
Author:    Hickok, Lorena
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 66
Date:     June 11, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Mississippi
Public Utilities
Tennessee
Tennessee Valley Authority

Notes:     In the Fall of 1933, Federal Emergency Relief Adminstration director Harry Hopkins sent sixteen reporters to investigate social and economic conditions around the country. "I don't want statistics from you," the journalist Lorena Hickok remembers him saying. " I don't want the social-worker angle. I just want your own reactions, as an ordinary citizen." (Bauman and Coode, p. 1) This is one such report.

For a detailed account of the FERA Reports, see In the Eye of the Great Depression : New Deal Reporters and the Agony of the American People, by John F. Bauman and Thomas H. Coode. (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1988).