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A secret gift : how one man's kindness--and a trove of letters--revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression /

by Gup, Ted.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2010Description: 365 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1594202702; 9781594202704.Other title: How one man's kindness--and a trove of letters--revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression.Subject(s): Stone, Samuel, 1887-1981 | Benefactors -- Ohio -- Canton -- Biography | Benevolence -- Ohio -- Canton -- History -- 20th century | Canton (Ohio) -- Biography | Canton (Ohio) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century | Canton (Ohio) -- History -- 20th century
Contents:
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: 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.
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Includes index.

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.

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.

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