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A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression

by Andrew Coe and Jane Ziegelman,
Tulsa World, October 16, 2016

At the height of the Great Depression, Oscar Ameringer, a socialist journalist, crisscrossed the country to report on the dire circumstances of millions of Americans. In Seattle, he saw women searching for scraps of food in refuse piles. In Oregon, thousands of bushels of apples rotted, while children went hungry. And on a road between Clarksville and Russellville, Arkansas, Ameringer encountered a woman holding a dead chicken under her ragged coat. She had found it dead, she told him, and added grimly, “They promised me a chicken in the pot, and now I got mine.”


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