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"Don't admire their children," said the relief visitor as I started out on my first morning in Logan County. "Just admire their guns and their dogs. They'll understand you better--they'll think you're their kind--and they'll talk more freely… They're bad and they're proud of it.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, Williamson, West Virginia, December 7, 1934
Author:    Francis, Henry W.
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 66
Date:     December 7, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Coal Industry
Public Health
South, The
West Virginia

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).