Comparing Childhoods in Great Recession and the Great Depression

Alarming statistics on families' food struggles recalls previous era's poverty

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that over 17 million American families — nearly 1 in 8 — went hungry at some point in the last year. The figures include as many as one million children. The family hardships of our current Great Recession inevitably recall stories of the Great Depression, an era when many Americans came of age scrimping and saving every penny and every last crumb. So how will the experiences of the children of the Great Recession compare to those who were kids during the Great Depression? 

We speak with Robert S. McElvaine, Professor of History at Milsaps College and author of Down and Out in the Great Depression, and Robert Rosen, a Takeaway listener who grew up in Brooklyn during the Great Depression.


Professor Robert S. McElvaine and Robert Rosen

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

Sara from Cleveland, OH

This piece is thoughtful and amazingly produced!

Nov. 17 2010 10:24 PM

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