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


I A Christmas Carol
The Offer
17(13)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Suitcase
30(29)
II In Consideration of the White Collar Man
A Man of Means
59(20)
Blizzard
79(14)
Hello Bill
93(13)
Gassed
106(11)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Promise
117(12)
III The Bread of Tomorrow
Beginning Again
129(6)
Grief
135(7)
Bad Company
142(11)
A Lynching
153(14)
Legacy of Lies
167(8)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Crossing
175(18)
IV If I Would Accept Charity
Oppression
193(8)
Sooner Starve
201(7)
Dandelions and Pencils
208(3)
Shame
211(4)
The Seeds of Resentment
215(11)
Left Behind
226(5)
Gumption
231(12)
So Little for Women
243(10)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: A Foreigner No Longer
253(24)
V Families: The Crisis That Brought Them Closer
"As Good as the Best"
277(7)
The Pump
284(9)
Plantation
293(14)
Asylum
307(14)
VI Families: The Crisis That Pulled Them Apart
Black Hand Gang
321(15)
Defeated
336(6)
Nomad
342(9)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: Betrayal
351(20)
VII An Opportunity to Help
A Dog Named Jack
371(4)
The Milk of Human Kindness
375(9)
"Too Big-Hearted"
384(6)
Shipmates
390(4)
Doctors
394(5)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: A Second Gift, 1940
399(20)
VIII A Merry and Joyful Christmas
The Doll
419(7)
A Special Time
426(5)
The Pony
431(7)
The Unexpected
438(5)
Mr. B. Virdot's Story: The Bridge
443(6)
IX True Circumstances
Final Reflections
449(4)
Epilogue: Canton Revisited
453(10)
Acknowledgments 463(6)
Author's Note 469(1)
A Timeline 470
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