Given the economic situation, this is a difficult holiday season for many people. Unemployment claims are the highest they’ve been in a quarter century; the Great Depression is frequently invoked to characterize the challenge facing President-elect Barack Obama.
It’s not a Depression redux yet. Then, a quarter of Oregon’s workforce was unemployed, and the Northwest became home to many families and farmers driven out of the Dust Bowl. But tales from those times resonate with new meaning today.
In Friday’s rebroadcast of you’ll hear from, among others, Glen Wardlaw, who was a little boy on a farm near Ontario, Oregon when noted photographer Dorothea Lange visited his family, and Don Soper, who traveled from Wyoming to Oregon crammed into a 1936 Oldsmobile with his parents and six siblings. A photograph of young Glen Wardlaw appears in Daring to Look, a recent book highlighting Dorothea Lange’s photographs and notes.
You can read some wonderful stories about the Depression on the post of the initial broadcast and add your own memories, or your reflections on that time today.