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They Never Threw Anything Away, Memories of the Great Depression by Americans Who Lived It

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Author: Ed Linz

They Never Threw Anything Away

Memories of the Great Depression by Americans Who Lived It

The parallels to the present are ominous: an international pandemic killing nearly 700,000 Americans, followed by a booming stock markets and political turmoil....then years of unimaginable misery for so many - an era so difficult and challenging that it became known as The Great Depression....SOUND FAMILIAR? CAN HISTORY REPEAT?

They Never Threw Anything Away provides an entertaining, informative, but all-too-plausible comparison of then and now from memories of 22 Americans who lived through The Great Depression. In their own words they tell of experiences gained while living during the social and economic chaos of that era. During the late 1990's author Ed Linz traveled throughout the U.S. gathering stories of lives permanently scarred by the disaster years of the 1930's. His interviews of a wide array of Americans from varying geographic regions and differing social strata produce an eclectic collection of captivating memories of life during the Great Depression: a Black man in southern Georgia who toiled in a turpentine forest, but called this period "the happiest of my life"; a young socialite (and friend of Ginger Rogers) whose famous engineer grandfather took her on a steamship to visit his masterpiece, the Panama Canal; a teenager whose big band played in all the "gin mills" on Long Island; the daughter of Greek immigrants who found herself in a L.A. tuberculosis sanitarium at age nine; a Seattle barnstorming aviator; Mennonite farm families in northern Indiana; young women who worked by themselves as teachers in one-room schoolhouses in the Dust Bowl of the Midwest; a group of nursing students from the coal mining regions of Kentucky - and many other captivating memories of life during the Great Depression. Each story is interspersed with anecdotal facts about the events and circumstances mentioned during the interviews. A time-line of major events during the Great Depression is an included Appendix.

Publisher: Exchange Publishing
Published: 03/30/2021
Pages: 282
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.92lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.64d
ISBN: 9781736734803

About the Author
Linz, Ed: - Ed Linz has been writing professionally since 1979. He grew up on a small farm in Kentucky. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1965. His subsequent 20-year career in submarines included an assignment as Commanding Officer, USS KAMEHAMEHA (SSBN642), a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine. Following retirement from the Navy he taught Physics and coached cross country in public schools in Virginia for over 25 years. His education includes Master's degrees from Christ Church College, Oxford University in Economics and George Mason University in Secondary Education. Ed continues to teach Physics to home-schooled students in Virginia and lectures on the intersection of science and special education. He also gives presentations on organ donation based on being the benefactor of a life-saving heart transplant in 1994. They Never Threw Anything Away is his fourth book. His earlier works include Life Row, A Case Study in How a Family Can Survive a Medical Crisis; Team Teaching Science, Success for All Learners, and a novel, Hurtling to the Edge. His interests include hiking (he recently made it to 15,000 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania) and kayaking. He is currently working on two non-fiction books, Heart Transplant Hiker and Electrical Sudoku. Ed encourages you to contact him via email at, on Facebook, or on Twitter @edlinz65. His columns and book information can be found at

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