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- DescriptionRife with palpable misery, the hundreds of letters assembled in Forgotten Women paint a bleak and accurate portrait of the female experience among Floridians during the Great Depression. In pursuit of a means to provide for their families, Florida women doggedly, often naively, wrote letters to agencies, charities, and state and federal government officials asking for relief assistance. Green gathers more than three hundred letters written by Floridians that reveal the immediacy and intensity of their plight. The struggles of many of the women, however, reflect the Depression's extraordinarily devastating impact in Florida, where it followed on the heels of massive hurricanes, a medfly epidemic, and a land bust of monumental dimension.
- Author BiographyElna C. Green is the Allen Morris Professor of History at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Her previous books include This Business of Relief: Confronting Poverty in a Southern City, 1740-1940 and Southern Strategies: Southern Women and the Woman Suffrage Question.
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication15/01/2007
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleWomen's Diaries & Letters of the South
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Content Note24 illustrations
- Weight572 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Edited byElna C. Green
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