By Robert J. Hastings
Informed from the perspective of a tender boy, this account exhibits how a relatives “faced the Thirties head on and lived to inform the story.” it's the tale of growing up in southern Illinois, in particular the Marion, region through the nice melancholy. but if it used to be first released in 1972 the publication proved to be a couple of writer’s thoughts of depression-era southern Illinois. “People began writing me from everywhere in the country,” Hastings notes. “And all acknowledged a lot a similar: ‘You have been writing approximately my kin, up to your individual. That’s how I consider the Thirties, too.’” As he proves repeatedly during this e-book, Hastings is a common storyteller who can comment on the element that makes the story either poignant and universal. He brings to lifestyles a interval that marked each guy, girl, and baby who lived via it whilst that nationwide adventure fades into the past.
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I was born here in 1924. They raised the house and put it on a concrete block foundation. The porch, shown here with two steps, had four or five steps when I was a boy. The house as you look at it faces the east. To your right, or just north of the house, Dad built a one-room neighborhood grocery store, which he operated in the 1920s. That store figures promimently in A Penny's Worth. Now for the people in the photograph. Seated in front are John Hise and Edie Groves Hastings, my grandparents, who had moved here two years earlier.
As I reviewed old photographs and clippings, I became more determined. However, I had no idea of writing a book. In early 1971 I showed the manuscript to my neighbor, Southern Illinois University professor Howard R. Long. He greeted me the next morning, "Bob, you kept me up last night. I read every word. " So in September of 1972, Southern Illinois University Graphics published A Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk, designed by A. B. Mifflin. Reader response was immediate. People started writing me from all over the country.
Then Dad went back in the pantry and came out with a jar in which he had saved a few nickels and dimes for such an emergency. Later, Mom said to me, "I've learned that whatever happens, your Daddy always has a little dab of money put back somewhere . " Sour Grapefruit and WPA President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" used all twenty-six letters of the alphabet to identify the various government programs aimed at the economic crisis. There were, to name a few, the FERA, CCC, PWA, AAA, NRA ("We do our part"), NYA, and WPA.
A nickel's worth of skim milk: a boy's view of the Great Depression by Robert J. Hastings