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The relief load will go up this winter; even when mills are adding new hands, the local loads increase. Mr. Cody, state administrator, says this is because every winter more people, who have been holding their own somehow, give up and come on relief. The winter clients are new ones; finally hopeless.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, Providence, Rhode Island, November 25, 1934
Author:    Gellhorn, Martha
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 65
Date:     November, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Federal Emergency Relief Administration
Rhode Island
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).