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Dirty Thirties Desperadoes

Forgotten Victims of the Great Depression

by Rich Mole

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list price: $4.99
also available: Paperback
category: True Crime
published: 2011
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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 prairie farm boys embarked on a deadly trail of robbery and murder that stretched across three western Canadian provinces and made newspaper headlines from coast to coast and as far away as Los Angeles. By the end of the spree, seven people were dead, including the fugitives themselves and four law-enforcement officers. For the next 70 years, these Depression-era “farm-boy killers” held the distinction of being the RCMP’s deadliest adversaries.

In Dirty Thirties Desperadoes, Rich Mole recounts the full story of these young men who achieved notoriety as bandits and killers. In telling their tale, and that of the men who fought for their lives near the gates of Banff National Park, he also chronicles the economic, social and political challenges of the Great Depression that turned men on both sides of the law into victims.

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