I am honored to have been chosen by the Schoolhouse Review Crew to do a review on a short EBook called Eyewitness History: Hunger and the Great Depression by Deborah Wuehler and Dr. Ruth Beechick. This book can be purchased for a very reasonable price here at the The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.
From the moment I started reading this to my ten-year-old son, he was hooked on it. Even though this is a fairly short book, compared to a chapter book, he, and I, both enjoyed it. The book covered the story and history of the Great Depression. It also covered our own spiritual depression and how to learn from both of these experiences. The book talked about how frugal people needed to be during that time period and how nothing was wasted or thrown out. The resilience of our country during this time period is amazing.
Dr. Ruth Beechick shares her personal experience of what her family went through during the Great Depression in the book. She has a way of writing it that allows you to feel like you are there experiencing it with her. I found it fascinating that a lot of what was written about in the book is now becoming popular again with people in our country. People are wanting to return to their roots and learn how to become self-sufficient again. I have always been a great listener of my grandparent’s stories, even though they were born at the end of that era, they were raised by parents who survived it, and my great grandparents passed those skills on to my grandparents. My grandpa and grandma have taught me how to can produce and helped me start hunting deer. They are the true pioneers of self-sufficient living.
The book explains how the 1920’s were a time of excess, prosperity, and enjoyment. Following these years is when the Great Depression happened. I can’t help but think about our modern day excess in all areas of life and wonder if perhaps the same fate, although in a different way, will come upon us again.
The book then goes on to cover spiritual depression.