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Relief rolls are still increasing. No private jobs are in sight. From Mr. Hodson on down to case workers and investigators, there was unanimity on this point. Relief workers report a complete lack of faith in the vast majoity of clients that private jobs are coming back.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, New York and New Jersey, November 11, 1934
Author:    Parrish, Wayne W.
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 66
Date:     November 11, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
New Jersey
New York City

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).