Annotations for Secret Gift : How One Man's Kindness and a Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression


Baker & Taylor
The author explains how the discovery of a cache of letters revealed his grandfather's offer of cash gifts to seventy-five families in distress in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, in 1933, and explores the profound effects the gifts had on their recipients.

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Baker & Taylor
The author explains how, after he discovered a cache of letters addressed to his grandfather, he realized that the man had taken out a classified ad shortly before Christmas in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, offering $10, no-strings-attached, to families in need, in a book that focuses on the profound effects the gifts had on their recipients. (U.S. history).

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Baker & Taylor
The author's grandfather, Sam Stone, placed an ad in the Canton, OH, newspaper shortly before Christmas in 1933, offering cash gifts to seventy-five families in distress. Readers were asked to send letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author investigates a suitcase full of letters responding to these ads as he learns more about his grandfather's hidden past as well as the suffering and triumphs of strangers during the Great Depression. -- From publisher's description.

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Center Point Pub

Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a newspaper ad offered $10 to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. In actuality, he was Sam Stone, the author's grandfather.

Ted Gup discovered the letters in a suitcase 75 years later and was so moved by the tales of suffering and expressions of hope that he set out to unveil the lives behind them. The author also unearthed deeply buried details about his grandfather's life -- from his impoverished, abusive upbringing to his felonious efforts to hide his immigrant status from U.S. officials -- that explain why he felt such a strong affinity to strangers in need.



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