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Dirty Thirties Desperadoes

Forgotten Victims of the Great Depression

by Rich Mole

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list price: $9.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: True Crime
published: 2011
ISBN:9781926613956
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Dirty Thirties Desperadoes: Forgotten Victims of the Great Depression

The desperate conditions created from loss of farms and finances during the Great Depression are effectively evoked in this book from the Amazing Stories series. The crash of the New York Stock Exchange in 1929, plus years of relentless drought drove many to homelessness and destitution. There was bare subsistence “relief” for families, but none for single men who took refuge in back-breaking work camps or suicidal. Uprisings by the Sons of Freedom, who held religious marches stark naked; strikes; rallies and riots by communist and worker-led groups; and police stand-offs are documented.

Caution: Some of the subject matter involving violence is graphic and may be disturbing to some.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

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In October 1935, three Doukhobor farm boys embarked on a violent trail of robbery and murder that stretched from Manitoba to Alberta. By the time the spree ended near Banff, seven people were dead, including the fugitives and four law-enforcement officers. For the next 70 years, these "farm-boy killers" held the distinction of being the RCMP's deadliest adversaries, yet many questions about the shocking case remained unanswered. This gripping narrative reveals surprising new details about the tragic events as it chronicles the disastrous impact of the Great Depression on the young killers and the lawmen who faced them down.

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The desperate conditions created from loss of farms and finances during the Great Depression are effectively evoked in this book from the Amazing Stories series. —BC Books for BC Schools


Part of the Amazing Stories series, this is a book aimed at younger readers—but honestly, it should appeal to everyone. Mole does an excellent job of setting the stage for what unfolded, describing the terrible conditions that existed on the Prairies as a result of the economic collapse and the drought that followed. —the Times Colonist

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