I was brought up listening to my parents’ stories of life in The Great Depression. My father grew up on a farm, so while food was plentiful, cash was not. For the rest of his life he was loath to throw anything away and refused to take out bank loans. My mother was a city girl. Her family conserved food, made and repaired their own clothing, and put cardboard in their shoes to make them last longer. After reading Timothy Egan’s book The Worst Hard Time, this historical era became the impetus for this series focused on hardship, survival, and the strength of the human will.