I saw this video on John's Facebook page, and I find it a beautiful and important historical document and report on the Great Depression. Thank you for positing this video on Facebook John. It is important to remember the hardship, suffering and struggle of American and European people during that difficult time in the 20th century. We focus a lot on the Second World War and First World War but often forget about the horrendous poverty, unemployment and thus depression many people faced during the twenties and thirties in the USA and Europe. In the USA the Midwest not only faced the terrible consequences of the great Depression but also a terrible drought which destroyed crops or prevented crops to grow. Farming communities and rural areas suffered as crop prices fell by about 60%. Facing plummeting demand with few alternative sources of jobs, areas dependent on primary sector industries such as mining and logging suffered the most.
These women are real heroes, they have although they were almost forgotten helped to improve the American literacy, society and economy by their mission to bring books and literacy to remote area's in the USA where impoverished and illiterate people lived.
Thank you both for this story of the lady Horseback Librarians. It was of such fascination to view the fist time, was my self to view twice more. Such a wonderful programme this ladies carried out with following an idea and plan devised by the then President Roosevelt with his: Pack Horse Library Initiative. Such an innovation idea but very valid for the time with such poor literacy rates that was apparently quite wide spread at that time in Eastern Kentucky state.
For the ladies in question, to carry out their duties as prescribed, on horse back, not all seasons are summer and warm. With this, to ride an animal such as a horse through what ever country side is some thing else to consider.
But how ever the events, these ladies must be congradulated for their dedication to such a wonderful thing they are doing, and the enjoyment they brought to those people with out the means of access.