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Early C20th American culture and dissent

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression
Studs Terkel


In this unique recreation of one of the most dramatic periods in modern American history, Studs Terkel recaptures the Great Depression of the 1930s in all its complexity. Featuring a mosaic of memories from politicians, businessmen, artists, and writers, from those who were just kids to those who remember losing a fortune, Hard Times is not only a gold mine of information but a fascinating interplay of memory and fact, revealing how the Depression affected the lives of those who experienced it first-hand.

Paperback, 480pp
New Press, 2005 (1970)
ISBN 9781565846562


STUDS TURKEL (1912-2008) was an award-winning author and radio broadcaster. He is the author of Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American ObsessionDivision Street: AmericaComing of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth CenturyTalking to Myself: A Memoir of My TimesThe Good War: An Oral History of World War IIWorking: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They DoThe Studs Terkel Reader: My American CenturyAmerican Dreams: Lost and FoundThe Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and TheaterHard Times: An Oral History of the Great DepressionWill the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a FaithGiants of JazzHope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled TimesAnd They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc JockeyTouch and Go: A MemoirP.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening; and Studs Terkel’s Chicago, all published by The New Press. He was a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of a Presidential National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a George Polk Career Award, and the National Book Critics Circle 2003 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.