516 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 180 halftones, 1 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4570-7
Published: November 1996
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6322-0
Published: November 2000
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Awards & distinctions
1997 Award for Outstanding Book in Oral History, Oral History Association
About the Authors
Nancy J. Martin-Perdue has been a freelance writer for twenty years and is currently scholar-in-residence in the department of anthropology at the University of Virginia.
For more information about Nancy J. Martin-Perdue, visit the Author Page.
Formerly a geologist, Charles L. Perdue Jr. has a Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught in the departments of English and anthropology at the University of Virginia for the past twenty-four years.
For more information about Charles L. Perdue Jr., visit the Author Page.
“A fascinating and important book that virtually any student of the American experience will profit by reading.”--Journal of American History
"A massive and handsome book, fittingly illustrated with Farm Security Administration photographs. . . . Historians will mine Talk About Trouble for information about farm life, race relations, gender roles, factory work, unionization, and many additional topics, and will find it a useful and enjoyable book."--Georgia Historical Quarterly
"[The Perdues] have carefully edited sixty-one of these interviews into a social and cultural history rich in detail, personal tragedy, and pride. . . . Their fascinating and valuable contribution is to give voices, faces, and feelings to these typical Virginians surviving troubled times."--Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
"A collection of superb oral histories recalling the harsh reality of surviving during the Depression years."--Roanoke Times
"[A] valuable collection. . . . An engaging visit with people struggling with adversity decades ago, as the sound of the guns of war grew louder across the sea."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Talk about Trouble is a remarkably moving testimonial. No other first-person collection reveals as much about how ordinary Virginians, and by extension southerners and other Americans, confronted the palpable threats raised every day by the Great Depression."--Edward D. C. Campbell Jr., The Library of Virginia