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Hard Times

12/15/08 7:50AM By Mitch Wertlieb

Jack Delano
With the official word that the United States is in a recession, VPR is looking back at the biggest economic down-turn, the Great Depression and it's impact in Vermont. In the special series  "Hard Times" VPR's Mitch Wertlieb, speaks with historians, economists and people who lived through it as children. We'll also look at a book for photographs from the time period."

December 15, 16 & 17 at 7:50am during Morning Edition

Click here to tell us your Great Depression memories

Part One: Origins of the Depression

We take a look at how the U.S. fell into the depression, and how it hit in Vermont. Mitch Wertlieb talks with historian Paul Searls, author of "Two Vermont: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910," and professor at Lyndon State College. And we meet Heath and Harriet Riggs of Richmond, who lived through the Depression in Richmond and Chester.  Click here to listen to Part One.


  Part Two: Vermont in the Depression

Mitch Wertlieb gets a snapshot of the Depression in Vermont and speaks with Nancy Price Graff, author of "Looking Back at Vermont: Farm Administration Photographs, 1936-1942." And he visits with Janet Rood and John Carpenter, who both grew up during the Depression.  


Marion Post/Library of Congress
Part Three:  The Depression vs. the Current Economic Downturn

Mitch Wertlieb looks at the similarities, and differences between the Great Depression and the current economic downturn with Economist Art Woolf. We also learn what people did to get by in that area from people who lived through it.  

Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress

Top Photo: Jack Delano -  Hinesburg harvesting corn

Part One Photo: Louise Rosskam - Lincoln-silver salesman

Part Two: Fritz Henle - West Danville store.jpg

Part Three Photo:  Marion Post Wolcott-Waterbury

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