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I have been talking to investigators, contact people, engineers, other personnel of the local administration, as well as a number of automobile workers in relief for periods of from several weeks to three years, getting what's happening to people on relief here, and what they are thinking and doing.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, Detroit, Michigan, November 17, 1934
Author:    Wilson, Louisa
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 66
Date:     November 7, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Automobile Industry
Detroit, Michigan

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).