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To begin with, the routine questions and answers: the relief loads will go up this winter (except in Lawrence where a government order has revitalized the mills and employment is on the increase.) Everywhere it is stated that relief is bare subsistence level, and covers nothing but food (and that inadequately).  >>more...>>

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

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Federal Emergency Relief Administration
Massachusetts
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).