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During the past week I gave attention to the lower east side, to the white collar distrit in Manhattan's west side, to the Bronx, and several left-wing organizations.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, New York, New York, November 17, 1934
Author:    Parrish, Wayne W.
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 66
Date:     November 17, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Jews
New York City
Unemployed Council

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).