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In summarizing the material I have gathered I am making a sharp division between the two things which the TERA is trying to accomplish. If its first object is to keep the destitute fed, housed and clothed, they have certainly attained it. If the second object is to so conserve millions of people that they will still be industrial and social assets after recovery has come, it is not so easy to tell whether they have attained it or not.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, Rockland County, New York, December 7, 1934
Author:    Bruere, Martha Bensley
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 65
Date:     December 7, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Federal Emergency Relief Administration
New York (State)
Work Relief

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).