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Sarah Benton American Studies Ind. Study Spring 2010 Response 1 Carroll, Andrew. Letters of a nation . 1st ed. New York, NY.: Random House, Inc., 1999. Pp. 194, 196, 405. Carroll’s Letters of a Nation is a collection of letters on life, politics, law, love, war and death in America. The volume spans from colonial missives to emails and letters from American war mothers to Saddam Hussein. Under the topics of “Letters of Social Concern” and “Letters of Hope and Faith” I found three letters that were very pertinent to my topic. Three were letters written to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, and the social activist Dorothy Day wrote the other. The letters deal with desperation, poverty, hope and change in a post-market crash America. The Roosevelt’s received millions of these letters throughout the course of the Great Depression, and as a “common man” president, FDR did his best to respond to these pleas for help through his New Deal administrations. The first letter, from a Mrs. E. L., was written to FDR in November of 1934, and
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