A secret gift [electronic resource] : how one man's kindness--and a trove of letters--revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression / Ted Gup.
- ISBN: 9781101440636 (electronic bk.)
- ISBN: 1101440635 (electronic bk.)
- ISBN: 9781101444634 (electronic bk.)
- ISBN: 1101444630 (electronic bk.)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (365 p.,  p. of plates) : ill.
- Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2010.
|General Note:|| Includes index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| A Christmas carol -- In consideration of the white collar man -- The bread of tomorrow -- If I would acept charity -- Families: the crisis that brought them closer -- Families: the crisis that pulled them apart -- An opportunity to help -- A merry and joyful Christmas -- True circumstances.
|Summary, etc.:|| The author's grandfather, Sam Stone, placed an ad in the Canton, OH, newspaper shortly before Christmas in 1933, offering cash gifts to seventy-five families in distress. Readers were asked to send letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author investigates a suitcase full of letters responding to these ads as he learns more about his grandfather's hidden past as well as the suffering and triumphs of strangers during the Great Depression. -- From publisher's description.
|Source of Description Note:|| Description based on print version record.
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