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FC: The Parker Family | By Olivia Jackson, Shane Tierney, Anthony Tauriello

1: October 21, 1929 I live with my family in a small house in Oakley, Kansas. We are so happy. I’m eleven and my little brother, Tommy, is nine. Mama and Papa just got Tommy a dog! They tell him it was ‘cause he likes dogs so much, but I know the truth. They got him that dog because he has trouble makin’ friends at school. My parents don’t want to hurt Tommy’s feelings, so they don’t bring that up a lot. Now that we have this dog, Bruce, Tommy doesn’t cry after school anymore. I think this dog will be a good addition to our family. I just want Tommy to be happy. Papa works so much, at a factory in the next town, but when he comes home, we all have so much fun. Mama plays the violin, Papa taps his feet, I sing, and Tommy cheers for us. Music is our favorite thing to do to pass the time. We have a radio, and when we’re too tired to play our music, we listen to that. Sometimes it plays music and sometimes there’s a man talkin’ about some kind of market. When he does that, Mama and Papa talk about it. I think it’s called the stock market. I don’t know what that is, but Papa always says he put a lot of money into it. I don’t really pay attention much at school, ‘cause I know I’m gonna be rich and famous for my singin’. Papa always tells me I have the best voice on this side of Kansas. He says that I should sing for the president one day. I don’t know how much Mr. Hoover would enjoy that, but I do know that singin’ for the president would be the greatest honor of my life. | October 21, 1929 I live with my family in a small house in Oakley, Kansas. We are so happy. I’m eleven and my little brother, Tommy, is nine. Mama and Papa just got Tommy a dog! They tell him it was ‘cause he likes dogs so much, but I know the truth. They got him that dog because he has trouble makin’ friends at school. My parents don’t want to hurt Tommy’s feelings, so they don’t bring that up a lot. Now that we have this dog, Bruce, Tommy doesn’t cry after school anymore. I think this dog will be a good addition to our family. I just want Tommy to be happy. Papa works so much, at a factory in the next town, but when he comes home, we all have so much fun. Mama plays the violin, Papa taps his feet, I sing, and Tommy cheers for us. Music is our favorite thing to do to pass the time. We have a radio, and when we’re too tired to play our music, we listen to that. Sometimes it plays music and sometimes there’s a man talkin’ about some kind of market. When he does that, Mama and Papa talk about it. I think it’s called the stock market. I don’t know what that is, but Papa always says he put a lot of money into it. I don’t really pay attention much at school, ‘cause I know I’m gonna be rich and famous for my singin’. Papa always tells me I have the best voice on this side of Kansas. He says that I should sing for the president one day. I don’t know how much Mr. Hoover would enjoy that, but I do know that singin’ for the president would be the greatest honor of my life. | October 21, 1929 I live with my family in a small house in Oakley, Kansas. We are so happy. I’m eleven and my little brother, Tommy, is nine. Mama and Papa just got Tommy a dog! They tell him it was ‘cause he likes dogs so much, but I know the truth. They got him that dog because he has trouble makin’ friends at school. My parents don’t want to hurt Tommy’s feelings, so they don’t bring that up a lot. Now that we have this dog, Bruce, Tommy doesn’t cry after school anymore. I think this dog will be a good addition to our family. I just want Tommy to be happy. Papa works so much, at a factory in the next town, but when he comes home, we all have so much fun. Mama plays the violin, Papa taps his feet, I sing, and Tommy cheers for us. Music is our favorite thing to do to pass the time. We have a radio, and when we’re too tired to play our music, we listen to that. Sometimes it plays music and sometimes there’s a man talkin’ about some kind of market. When he does that, Mama and Papa talk about it. I think it’s called the stock market. I don’t know what that is, but Papa always says he put a lot of money into it. I don’t really pay attention much at school, ‘cause I know I’m gonna be rich and famous for my singin’. Papa always tells me I have the best voice on this side of Kansas. He says that I should sing for the president one day. I don’t know how much Mr. Hoover would enjoy that, but I do know that singin’ for the president would be the greatest honor of my life.

4: October 9, 1930 Papa lost almost all his money workin’ at the factory ‘cause of the stock market. He invested a lot of what he made into stocks. He seemed to know what he was doin’ too, but so did everybody else that lost all their money. Papa is still tryin’ to find work after he was laid off from the factory, but he can’t always get a job for just a day or two because they’re so many people with the same problem, and they’re only so many jobs open. Laura has been strugglin’ a lot lately too. The dust has been gettin’ through the crevices of the house, and got in Laura’s violin. She’s stopped playin’ it since then ‘cause it don’t sound the same. Laura’s been real upset since then too, the violin was her only source of fun left, and now she ain’t got that left. November 17, 1930 Papa just started gettin’ work again loadin’ stuff on and off of trucks that they ship all over, but his work ainn’t guaranteed sometimes he gets picked to work that day but other days he’s just gotta come back home with nuthin’. Papa is gettin real frustrated that he can’t get work all the time cause we’re havin trouble gettin everythin’ payed. Everybody is understandin about the situation though Ma trys to make Papa feel better when he gets upset about his work. Laura just got all the sand out of her violin and started to play a little bit again. This has made everybody round the house much happier, hearin’ her play lets everybody forget about how bad everythin’ is for a few minutes and i can’t explain how important that is. It really feels like some days the depression ain’t even there when everyone is happy and ain’t worryin’ about the financials. But once it’s time for the bills to come around everythin’ loses life and nothin’ could be worse.

5: January 13, 1931 Papa just got more opportunities for work that he can go to for a day by day job. I’m not sure what he’s exactly been doin’ for work but I know he’s been workin’ long hours and doesn’t get home ‘til real late. Me, and Laura have been helpin’ Ma around the house so when Papa gets home he can just relax and not have to worry about helpin’ clean the dust out of the house and things like that. I really hope Papa can get a permanent job again so he can stop worryin’ about gettin’ work and just relax some of the time.

7: August 1st, 1932 I’ve overheard Mama and Papa talkin’ about the president and how he was destroyin’ this country ‘cause he wasn’t doin’ anythin’ to help out with all of the people who are strugglin’. Papa said that if he doesn’t do anythin’, America won’t be able to recover. He ain’t worried about people like us. Mama cries every night ‘cause she ain’t sure things will get better. Hoover is for a “self-made man” and wants limited government in people lives. Hoover doesn’t care about us. We need help but no one seems to care. Soon enough, little Tommy and I will need to find jobs, too. Bruce makes things better but not much. The dust storms happen more, which makes things worse. Just a little help would be nice but I haven’t lost all hope just yet. Ain’t nothin’ been worse than this President Hoover guy. Only another year till Hoover is gone. Hopefully by then things will be better a lot better. Hopefully we get someone who cares about the struggle we’re goin’ through. We have little money,little food and little hope. There is talk ‘bout someone named FRD or DFR no wait that’s not it, FDR that’s it! He is said to be a good man with good ideas for this country. Hopefully this guy is goin; to be determined to help the situation that we are in. Anyone can be better than this Hoover guy.

9: October 7, 1932 After Papa stopped goin’ to work, everythin’ got sad. Mama stopped bakin’ that cake she liked to make and Papa always cried when he thought me and Tommy were sleepin’. I don’t know what happened, but I do know that Mama ain’t in the mood to make food for us sometimes, so I make it instead. I’m only thirteen and I don’t cook as well as Mama, but I try. Since Papa didn’t go to work, we stopped doin’ our musical act for Tommy. Mama never plays her violin. Papa never taps his feet. And I’ve stopped singin’. In fact, I’ve stopped talkin’, too. It’s not my fault, really, I just went outside to get Bruce durin’ a dust storm and I suffered the worst. As Bruce was runnin’ back inside, I saw a big cloud of dust comin’ toward me and I screamed. I shouldn’t have done that. When I screamed, dust got all in my throat. I tried to talk when I got back inside, but I couldn’t. I was lucky I could even breathe. The dust ruined my throat, and now I understand why everyone is so sad. The dust always comes and goes, it never stops. Mama and Papa are always inside, cryin’. Tommy sits in his room with Bruce, and he just talks to him. He talks about Papa, about Mama, about me... I think Tommy’s the happiest of us all, because he has Bruce. And he doesn’t really know what’s happenin’ as much as I do. He doesn’t see Mama and Papa cryin’.

10: April 7th, 1933 Papa just came home ecstatic about this new administration called PWA. It’s this public works administration that helps gives people jobs. Papa says that these guys he was workin’ with yesterday told him that he could find new work this way and not have to worry about gettin’ a new job every day. This is the most hope i’ve felt in this house since the depression started. April 11th 1933, Papa has a new job now that hopefully won’t turn into somethin’ that becomes day to day. He is helpin’ build this new Dam in Colorado. I think they’re namin’ it after our last President Herbert Hoover. Seems a little strange to me to have a dam named after him since he was so lazy durin’ the beginnin’ of the depression, but i really could care less as long as it’s gettin’ Papa work.

11: May 1st 1933, Papa likes his new work a lot, and the constant money is a really nice relief from worrying when then next payment is going to come. Things are looking really good right now from where they were just a few months ago. I really hope things stay like this because it hardly feels anything like the depression did in the beginning. Just the other day i heard my parents talking about this thing called the new deal, i guess there are a lot of things like the PWA that are helping people all over the country get jobs and feel more comfortable during the depression. I was glad to hear that our new president FDR is helping this country out. May 10th 1933, The New Deal is helping us so much Papa hasn’t even struggled finding work once since he got his new job. I really think FDR turned it around i’m going to be putting my journal away for awhile, I know that this country is bound to get out of the depression soon. - Anna

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