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Buffalo and Rochester are both cities of diversified industries. Neither of them has been especially hard hit by the depression, and both of them are recovering. But in Rochester there is unrest and discontent, which may result in violence, while in Buffalo, there seems very little chance of trouble.  >>more...>>

Title:     Report, Buffalo, November 14th to 15th, 1934
Author:    Bruere, Martha Bensley
Source:     Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hopkins Papers, Box 65
Date:     November 15, 1934

Publisher:     Hopkins Papers, FDRL
Type:     Letter

Listed Under:
Federal Emergency Relief Administration
New York (State)

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).