The New Focus On Great Depression Memoirs

By Jody Sanders

In the last few years, there has been a renewed interest in Great Depression memoirs and other historical accounts from that era of world history. Though it might seem odd that so many people would be so fixated on an historical time frame many decades in the past, there are some very good reasons for that interest.

It is common for people enduring hardship to look backward to that difficult time as a way to comprehend the uncertainty they now feel. There is, however, more to this fascination than just understanding. There is also an attempt by many to seek solutions for today's problems by studying what happened in the past.

When it comes to material, there's certainly an abundance available for study. Many of that surviving generation set their experiences down in writing. In addition, there are scholars today who pen new narratives based on those earlier accounts. Many of these narratives question much about the period that had once been accepted as common knowledge.

Perhaps the most useful accounts, however, are from those who lived through those times. With each passing year, the world loses more of these people to the ravages of old age. As each passes, the memories of those dark times grow just a little dimmer in the collective mind of mankind.

That is why so much emphasis has been placed on ensuring the survival of these people's memories. In fact, so many people today live in fear of a repetition of those harrowing economic circumstances that there may never be a more fitting time to have these survivors set their experiences down in writing.

Modern readers who peruse those accounts discover that they are not the first generation to have experienced sudden upheaval in their economic lives. For that lesson and others, this generation owes a debt to those who took the time to pen their personal Great Depression memoirs. Read more about: great depression memoirs

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