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In Connecticut there are about 41,000 relief cases (FERA plus Public Welfare) and State authorities estimate that there will be an increase of perhaps 15% by Feb. 1. In neither Hartford nor New Haven, however, the only places visited so far, is an increase in case load expected by the local people.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, New Haven, Connecticut, December 2, 1934
Author:    Washburn, Robert
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 65
Date:     December 2, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Federal Emergency Relief Administration
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).