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The Resource A secret gift : how one man's kindness--and a trove of letters--revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression, Ted Gup

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

Label
A secret gift : how one man's kindness--and a trove of letters--revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression
Title
A secret gift
Title remainder
how one man's kindness--and a trove of letters--revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression
Statement of responsibility
Ted Gup
Title variation
How one man's kindness--and a trove of letters--revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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1950-
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Gup, Ted
Dewey number
977.1/62
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F499.C2
LC item number
G87 2011
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Canton (Ohio)
  • Canton (Ohio)
  • Canton (Ohio)
  • Stone, Samuel
  • Benefactors
  • Benevolence
  • Stone, Samuel
  • Benefactors
  • Benevolence
  • Economic history
  • Ohio
  • Canton (Ohio)
  • Canton (Ohio)
  • Canton (Ohio)
  • Stone, Samuel
  • Great Depression, 1929-1939
Label
A secret gift : how one man's kindness--and a trove of letters--revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression, Ted Gup
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally published: 2010
  • "Updated with a new postscript"--Cover
  • Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I.A Christmas carol : The offer ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: the suitcase -- II. In consideration of the white collar man : A man of means ; Blizzard ; Hello Bill ; Gassed ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: the promise -- III. The bread of tomorrow : Beginning again ; Grief ; Bad company ; A lynching ; Legacy of lies ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: the crossing -- IV. If I would accept charity : Oppression ; Sooner starve ; Dandelions and pencils ; Shame ; The seeds of resentment ; Left behind ; Gumption ; So little for women ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: a foreigner no longer -- V. Families: the crisis that brought them closer : "As good as the best" ; The pump ; Plantation ; Asylum -- VI. Families: the crisis that pulled them apart : Black hand gang ; Defeated ; Nomad ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: betrayal -- VII. An opportunity to help : A dog named Jack ; The milk of human kindness ; "Too big-hearted" ; Shipmates ; Doctors ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: a second gift, 1940 -- VIII. A merry and joyful Christmas : The doll ; A special time ; The pony ; The unexpected ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: the bridge -- IX. True circumstances : Final reflections ; Epilogue: Canton revisited -- Mr. B. Virdot: a timeline
Control code
ocn706024218
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
369 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780143120001
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)706024218
Label
A secret gift : how one man's kindness--and a trove of letters--revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression, Ted Gup
Publication
Note
  • Originally published: 2010
  • "Updated with a new postscript"--Cover
  • Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I.A Christmas carol : The offer ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: the suitcase -- II. In consideration of the white collar man : A man of means ; Blizzard ; Hello Bill ; Gassed ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: the promise -- III. The bread of tomorrow : Beginning again ; Grief ; Bad company ; A lynching ; Legacy of lies ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: the crossing -- IV. If I would accept charity : Oppression ; Sooner starve ; Dandelions and pencils ; Shame ; The seeds of resentment ; Left behind ; Gumption ; So little for women ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: a foreigner no longer -- V. Families: the crisis that brought them closer : "As good as the best" ; The pump ; Plantation ; Asylum -- VI. Families: the crisis that pulled them apart : Black hand gang ; Defeated ; Nomad ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: betrayal -- VII. An opportunity to help : A dog named Jack ; The milk of human kindness ; "Too big-hearted" ; Shipmates ; Doctors ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: a second gift, 1940 -- VIII. A merry and joyful Christmas : The doll ; A special time ; The pony ; The unexpected ; Mr. B. Virdot's story: the bridge -- IX. True circumstances : Final reflections ; Epilogue: Canton revisited -- Mr. B. Virdot: a timeline
Control code
ocn706024218
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
369 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780143120001
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)706024218

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