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We Want Jobs!: A Story of The Great Depression
We Want Jobs!: A Story of The Great Depression
(Robert J. Norrell, John Waskowitz, Alex Haley, Jan Naimo Jones)

We Want Jobs!: A Story of The Great DepressionWe Want Jobs! (October 1992)
We Want Jobs! uses the experiences of an unemployed steel worker and his family in Pittsburgh to describe the events of the economic depression that gripped America from 1929 through 1933.
In Pittsburgh, steelworker John Waskowitz and his family were already suffering from the effects of the Great Depression like millions of others in 1929. As factories cut back on work days or closed altogether, many people found themselves jobless.
Despair grips the nation. John was so desperate for work that he walked ten miles out of town, only to find factory after factory along his route shut down. Many give up, John, with scores of other unemployed Americans, begins the call for government action.
Robert J. Norrell is a published author of several children's books. Some of his credits include: We Want Jobs!: A Story of The Great Depression (Stories of America), Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington and Promising Field.
John Waskowitz is a published author of several children's books. Some of her credits include: We Want Jobs!: A Story of The Great Depression (Stories of America), Tales From The Underground Railroad (Stories of America) and Dust Bowl Days: Hard Times For Farmers (Voices from America's Past).
Jan Naimo Jones is a published author and an illustrator of several children's books. Some of her credits include: We Want Jobs!: A Story of The Great Depression (Stories of America), These Lands Are Ours: Tecumseh's Fight For The Old Northwest (Stories of America) and Grandma, What Is Prayer?
Alex Haley, as General Editor, wrote the following introduction:
Introduction By Alex Haley, General Editor
I was eight years old in 1929 when the Great Depression began. Hungry people, homeless people were everywhere. Times were hard. More people were out of work, out of money, and out of luck than at any time in our long history. People looked for help and there was none. Instead they were told to help themselves. Go on, pull yourself up by your bootstraps, they were told. But when they bent down to tug at their bootstraps, they discovered that the boots, straps and all, were gone. They had been worn away by the hard times.
We Want Jobs! is a story about the Great Depression. It is a story about how families and communities found new ways to get help for themselves. It is a story about caring, too. Looking around our towns and cities today you can see that we need to care a little more than we do. There are homeless people there. There are hungry people there. Again. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
We Want Jobs!: A Story of The Great Depression • Reviews
"I read this book for a school assignment. Since I live near Pittsburgh I found this book to be particularly interesting. It is written about a time long ago, when my Grandfather was young. It is a great book for kids, and it will help them learn about what things were like during the Depression." - Amazon Book Review.
"The steel factories of Pittsburgh close and thousands of people lose their jobs. Other businesses close from lack of customers, and more lose their jobs. This true story is about one man, John Waskowitz, who becomes a community activist and makes a difference in the lives of the people of his community." - Education Resource Center (ERC).
"This is a story based on an interview given by a man named John Waskowitz in 1974 to the Pittsburgh Oral History Project. The setting is Port Vue, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The story tells of the struggle of the Pittsburgh steel workers during the Great Depression." - Explore Pennsylvania History.
"John Waskowitz, a Pennsylvania steelworker, finds himself, like millions of others in 1929, unemployed. Despair grips the nation. Many give up, John, with scores of other unemployed Americans, begins the call for government action." - Cambium Learning.

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