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The problem of getting people back to work in Jamestown is not primarily a problem of relief. The emergency there is not one which will be cured by a general revival of business throughout the country, not even if there comes a boom Their problem is to find a new basis of livelihood for over 7000 people formerly employed in establishments which have either moved away, gone into bankruptcy, or been torn down.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, Jamestown, New York, November, 1934
Author:    Bruere, Martha Bensley
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 65
Date:     November, 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).