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I found no one who knew of any existing organization among the unemployed or among relief people. A reporter said, "They have tried to organize from time to time, but the Reds step in and take the organization away from them and it gets busted up. The police love to give the Reds a work-out"  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, Springfield, Massachusetts, November 17, 1934
Author:    Washburn, Robert
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 66
Date:     November 17, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Federal Emergency Relief Administration

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).