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Depression Days in Putnam County, by Malcolm Romine

In 1981, the Putnam County Public Library, with the help of the Indiana Communities Project and the Folklore Institute of Indiana University, conducted an oral history project to record interviews with men and women of various backgrounds who lived through the Depression here in Putnam County. These interviews give the reader an opportunity to learn what life was like during the decade of the Great Depression. Some of their experiences reflect those of many rural Americans during the period.

 

This document (available to download by clicking the button to the right) contains excerpts and information taken from fifteen interviews that  relate personal experiences and observations during the Depression. 

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1930's photograph looking east on Washington Street in Greencastle, Indiana.

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