Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?


Single Day Event: Friday, March 30; 1-3 PM

Location: Johnston Public Library

Cost: $12

Class Limit: 55


For Iowa and other Midwest states, the administration of President Herbert Hoover marked not only the depths of the Great Depression but also the middle of two decades of agricultural despair. The 1929 stock market crash, increasing tariffs and the continuation of Prohibition brought new challenges to both rural and urban areas. The decade also marked the end of the soft coal industry in most of the state. As people tried desperately to provide for their families, violence increased in both towns and countryside. With little money or hope for a better future, resourceful Iowans met economic, social and political challenges with wit, humor and resourcefulness.


Instructor Dr. Lisa L. Ossian is a professor of history at DMACC Ankeny. She received her MA at Eastern Michigan University and PhD at Iowa State University. Lisa has served on the Iowa State Historical Society Board, the Hoover Presidential Education Committee and the Humanities Iowa Speakers’ Bureau. Her publications include The Home Fronts of Iowa: 1935-1945, The Forgotten Generation: American Children and World War II, and The Depression Dilemma of Rural Iowa: 1929-1933.

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