Ten Lost Years, 1929-1939

Ten Lost Years, 1929-1939

Memories of Canadians Who Survived the Depression

Book - 1997
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Hundreds of ordinary Canadians tell their own stories in this book. They tell them in their own words, and the impact is astonishing. As page after page of unforgettable stories rolls by, it is easy to see why this book sold 300,000 copies and why a successful stage play that ran for years was based on them.

The stories, and the 52 accompanying photographs, tell of an extraordinary time. One tells how a greedy Maritime landlord ho tried to raise a widow's rent was tarred and gravelled; another how rape by the boss was part of a waitress's job. Other stories show Saskatchewan families watching their farms turn into deserts and walking away from them; or freight-trains black with hoboes clinging to them, criss-crossing the country in search of work; or a man stealing a wreath for his own wife's funeral.

Throughout this portrait of the era before Canada had a social safety net, there are amazing stories of what Time magazine called "human tragedy and moral triumph during the hardest of times." In the end, this is an inspiring, uplifting book about bravery, one you will not forget.
Publisher: Toronto : M&S, 1997.
ISBN: 9780771016523
Branch Call Number: 971.0623 Bro
Characteristics: xiii, 436 p. : ill.


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Mar 03, 2018

Highlights rich people to be nice to the downtrodden & fair their employees at parking lot or else their car tires get slashed or their inventory get subtly pilfered.
Author talked to the survivors.
Answered question why wasn't there was revolution in the Canada's great Depression.

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