Russell Baker's Growing Up

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In the 1920's America was presented with some challenging times. Her people were faced with tremendous economic hardships. Life for the typical American family could be described as anything but easy. This hardship produced a sense of uncertainty about the future. With this uncertainty American's had nothing but their faith, hopes, and dreams to live off of. As illustrated in Russell Baker's book, Growing up, American's felt the extreme drive to "Make Something  of themselves. In a way it was out of pure hope to have a better life. In the book Russell's mother Lucy Elizabeth can be found saying this repeatedly. For a woman such as Lucy, the only hope of success she had was through that success that her son was capable of. Russell's story is like that of most American's. Through his description of life in the Great Depression, one can only read on and hope that he eventua

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