The Desperation of Poverty

By Elton Camp How could anyone do this way! The Great Depression held sway This mother hides her face in shame But she hasn’t a penny to her name She reached the end of her rope There was no further possible hope Is this as crass as it does seem Or for a better life does she dream Another for her children to provide What circumstances to her denied It would be easy for us to say Why not just give them away In her dire straits we’ve never been So how can we convict her of sin How easily, “I’d never do that way!” To react to her dilemma with dismay

Chicago in the 1930s

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