Growing Up on the Illinois Prairie During the Great Depression and the Coal Mine Wars: A Portrayal of the Way Life WasBy: Earl B Hutchinson (author)Hardback
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DescriptionEarl Hutchison has written a beguiling yet incisive memoir of growing up in a small town in central Illinois in the 1930s. Writing in a casual and engaging way, the author evokes a past that was pastoral and idyllic for a young boy, yet at the same time somber and precarious for his family and community because of the deprivations of the Depression and ominous tensions of the coal-mining dangers and disputes that haunted his family. The times were hard and challenging, but the people we meet reflect some of the best traits of the American character - tough, resilient, adaptive, and, above all, caring about their family and their community.
About AuthorProfessor Earl B. Hutchinson received his Ph.D. from The University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is on the faculty of Tennessee Tech University.
ContentsPreface by David G. Clark; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The Day the Reds Came to Virden; 3. In the Beginning - There Was Strife; 4. The Worst of Times - The Best of Times; 5. Surviving the Great Depression; 6. Why Not Take All of Me? - Young Love in The Great Depression; 7. James and Bertha - A Romance of The Great Depression; 8. On the Playing Fields of the Illinois Prairie: The Ritual of the Bee Hunt; 9. Marge Schott and Golden Earrings: The Cult of Manhood; 10. Life on Dye Street; 11. A Furlough Experience: A Different Grinch Steals Aunt Maggie; 12. Dark as a Dungeon; 13. Epilogue - Where Have All the Young Folks Gone?; Bibliography; Appendix A (Cardiff Mine Disaster: The Death of James Landis Hutchison); Appendix B (The Cherry Mine Disaster); Index.
- publication date: 26/06/2006
- ISBN13: 9780773460041
- Format: Hardback
- Number Of Pages: 280
- ID: 9780773460041
- ISBN10: 0773460047
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