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I really only saw Charlotte and Gaston County; but I suppose Gaston county is a concentration of all evils, and it would be a wonderful area for us to use as a guinea pig for an experiment in thorough relief work.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, Gaston County, North Carolina, November 19, 1934
Author:    Gellhorn, Martha
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 66
Date:     November 19, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
North Carolina
Public Health
South, The

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).