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There is one man in Western Pennsylvania who feels that he is "borrowing" from the relief administration. He is "Old Bill" House, a new settler on the mountain behind Connellsville and so rare a client hereabouts that he merits a paragraph.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, Morgantown, West Virginia, November 18, 1934
Author:    Francis, Henry W.
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 66
Date:     November 18, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Coal Industry
Labor Unions
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).