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Relief rolls have reached a new high for the state, and Lewis Compton, the state administrator, sees a very serious relief problem by spring. There were 144,000 cases in October, an increase of 14,000 for one month and a further large increase for November. Business shows a small increase in November over October, with earnings and payrolls up slightly.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, New York and New Jersey, December 1, 1934
Author:    Parrish, Wayne W.
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 65
Date:     December 1, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Federal Emergency Relief Administration
New Jersey
New York City
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).