Gaston County Public Library

The Great Depression: Life in Hard Times, 1929-1942

General History

Search our Catalog by Subject for: Depressions 1929.

  • 973.916 GRE. The Great Depression.
    • A brief illustrated history of the period.
  • 50 Interesting Facts about the Great Depression
    Go to: http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/12_great-depression.html
  • The Great Depression includes several essays on the topic from the Modern American Poetry website.
    Go to: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/depression.htm
  • The Crash of '29 includes the New York Times' coverage of the 1929 stock market collapse.
    Go to: https://www.nytimes.com/library/financial/index-1929-crash.html
  • Times Topics: The Great Depression is a collection of articles from the New York Times and other web resources on the subject.
    Go to: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/g/great_depression_1930s/index.html
  • Great Depression as explained in the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics.
    Go to: http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/GreatDepression.html

Social Conditions

Search our Catalog by Keyword for: Dust Bowl.

  • 303.48 W. Women of Valor: the Struggle Against the Great Depression as Told in Their own Life Stories by Bernard Sternsher.
  • 305.568 UYS. Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression by Errol L. Uys.
  • 305.896 GRE. To Ask for an Equal Chance: African Americans in the Great Depression by Cheryl Lynn Greenberg.
  • 330.973 MEL. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? by Milton Meltzer.
    • Hear the anthem of the Great Depression, the song Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? at NPR.
      Go to: http://www.npr.org/2008/11/15/96654742/a-depression-era-anthem-for-our-times
  • 973.91 DIC. Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein.
  • 973.91 T. Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel.
  • 973.91 WOR. Growing Up in the Great Depression by Richard Wormser.
  • 973.916 WAT. The Hungry Years: A Narrative History of the Great Depression in America by T. H. Watkins.
  • 973.917 DEA. Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters from Children of the Great Depression.
  • The 1930s is a series of five films available online from the PBS American Experience series. "The 1930s" explores politics and culture during the Great Depression through eyewitness accounts and rare archival footage.
    Go to: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/collections/1930s/
  • America in the 1930s explores the 1930s in print, film, radio; includes a timeline from 1929 to 1940.
    Go to: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~1930s/front.html
  • A Case of Unemployment is an economic discussion of the 1930s.
    Go to: http://ingrimayne.com/econ/EconomicCatastrophe/GreatDepression.html

The New Deal, Politics and Politicians

Search our Catalog by Keyword for: New Deal

  • 917.304 W. The WPA Guide to America: the Best of 1930s America as Seen by the Federal Writers' Project.
  • 973.91 L. American Demagogues: Twentieth Century by Reinhard H. Luthin.
  • 973.917 S. As We Saw the Thirties: Essays on Social and Political Movements of a Decade.
  • More Online Resources at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Musuem.
    Go to: http://lxfdrweb.it.marist.edu/archives/resources.html
  • The Great Depression is a brief overview of the Great Depression from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum; includes a list of the New deal "alphabet agencies".
    Go to: http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/facts.html#depression
  • The New Deal – Related Web Sites provides a list of websites relating to the New Deal era.
    Go to: http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/new-deal.html#websites
  • New Deal Network includes New Deal and Depression-era speeches, photographs, documents, writing, etc.
    Go to: http://newdeal.feri.org/

The South During the Depression

  • 330.9756 B NC. North Carolina and the New Deal by Anthony J. Badger.
  • 338.542 GRE. The Great Depression -- How We Coped, Worked and Played : Life-Experience Stories from the Carolinas' Piedmont.
  • 917.5 C. Culture in the South by William T. Couch.
  • 920.71 BOLICK NC. Mama's Boarding House: Life in the South During the Great Depression by Sidney Bolick.
  • 975.6 WAY NC. The Way We Lived in North Carolina.
    • Express Lanes & Country Roads is reprinted in this volume, along with four other books.
  • 975.604 P NC. Express Lanes & Country Roads: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1920-1970 by Thomas C. Parramore.

Photographs/Illustrations

  • 779 REM. Hard Luck Blues: Roots Music Photographs from the Great Depression by Rich Remsberg.
  • 917.303 T v. 4. This Fabulous Century, Volume 4: 1930-1940.
  • 917.303 U. The Thirties: An Illustrated History in Colour 1930-1939 by R. J. Unstead.
  • 973.917 WAT. The Great Depression: America in the 1930s by T. H. Watkins.
  • Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives: These photographs form an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944.
    Go to: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/
  • 1930s-40s in Color photo collection from the Library of Congress.
    Go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/sets/72157603671370361/
  • FSA/OWI Favorites photo collection from the Library of Congress.
    Go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/sets/72157618541455384/
  • A Depression Art Gallery is a collection of artwork from the Depression period.
    Go to: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/artgallery.htm
  • A Photo Essay on the Great Depression
    Go to: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/photoessay.htm
  • The Photographer Bayard Wootten is a small collection of her photos of North Carolina in the 1930s.
    Go to: http://www2.lib.unc.edu/ncc/pcoll/inv/P0011/P0011.html

Other Useful Research Guides

Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: The Great Depression: Life in Hard Times, 1929 - 1942
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Revised: 5 Apr 2016