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I have spent a week in Camden. It surprises me to find how radically attitudes can change within four or five months. When last I was in the field, the general attitude of the unemployed was one of hope.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, Camden, New Jersey, April 25, 1935
Author:    Gellhorn, Martha
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 66
Date:     April 25, 1935

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
New Jersey
Relief

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).