Surviving the Depression

Lisa Provence has a series of interviews with survivors of the Great Depression in this week’s Hook, and it actually makes for pretty good reading. Many have advice for how to get by, should this recession become something worse, and a lot of it seems to boil down to the ability to do for yourself. Things seem rough now, but reading the stories of what the 1930s were like, it’s clear that we’ve got it pretty good.

4 Responses to “Surviving the Depression”

  • One of the advantage of age is perspective–these are wonderful stories of survival and definetly worth reading !

  • Betty, I had not read the story until today. I agree, excellent story. Just like Daisy Sandridge, both of my parents were born and raised in Boonesville during the height of the depression. Both of my parents were very fortunate in being born to their parents who owned their own farms, parents who did not have to split the families up to seek money and food elsewhere. They had cattle, pigs, chickens and large gardens. They lived off the land. Those of us born in the 50s and 60s take for granted how lucky we really were when compared to the lives of our parents and grandparents.

  • I enjoyed that article a lot – it showed that we’re all spoiled as hell. Those people had to endure with almost nothing, and at the end of the day it usually made them stronger people, while we think the world is ending because we have to cut back a little.

  • A big difference between then and now is credit or the lack thereof.

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