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Memories of the Great Depression

A Time Forgotten

John Donald O’Shea

208 pages
Crosslink Publishing

The Story of an America that no longer exists.

What was it like to live in America 90 years ago?
Have you ever needed to use an outhouse at two in the morning?
Bathed in a corrugated metal tub with water heated on a wood-burning stove?
Read at night by kerosine lamp?
Fell to your knees in the early morning and prayed that your father might find job that day?
Has your mother darned socks and made clothes for you from flour sacks?
Have you ever subsisted for days on a diet of just oatmeal?

The memoirs collected in this book tell of an America where families and neighbors relied on their faith, and came together to help each other survive America's longest and deepest economic depression. These are memories of ordinary Americans of a time now nearly forgotten.

Today we have electricity, central heating, air conditioning, indoor plumbing, television and computers. As you read this book, you will find yourself asking, "are these the things that really matter?"

Author Bio
John Donald O'Shea is a retired Circuit Judge. He has been active in community theater for over 50 years, as an actor, singer, and director. He writes op eds for three Quad City newspapers. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame (BA) and Notre Dame Law School (JD).