Letters between Mrs. Ida B. Thomas and Governor Ibra C. Blackwood, August 1933

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Letter written by Ida B. Thomas, of Fairfax, SC, to Governor Ibra C. Blackwood on August 7, 1933 regarding her son at Clemson. Mrs. Thomas, a mother of four, writes the Governor asking for help in regard to her son who is a student at Clemson.  He has only one arm and receives a scholarship but still does not have enough money. 

The reply from the Governor’s office was written by the Secretary of the Governor and says that they know of no way to offer assistance, however they suggest Mrs. Thomas write a Dr. Sikes in regard to a loan from the Alumni Fund at Clemson.

Citation:

Thomas, Ida B. to Governor Blackwood, 7 August 1933.  Governor Blackwood Papers, Alphabetical Correspondence 1931-1933.  S539020 Box 6:  1933 A-Y.  South Carolina Department of History and Archives, Columbia, South Carolina. 

Secretary to the Governor to Mrs. Ida B. Thomas, 8 August 1933.  Governor Blackwood Papers, Alphabetical Correspondence 1931-1933.  S539020 Box 6:  1933 A-Y.  South Carolina Department of History and Archives, Columbia, South Carolina. 

Transcription:

Fairfax S. C.

Aug. 7, 1933.

Governor Blackwood

Columbia S. C.

Dear Gov. Blackwood:

            I am a poor woman with four (4) children.  I have only one boy.  at 17 years of age he had the misfortune to lose his left arm, now he is 21 years old, and I am writing this letter to you to ask if there isn’t some thing you can do to help me to educate him.  He has had two years at Clemson college.  The Vocational Rehabilitation gives him a $100.00 scholarship each year but I have no means of making the balance it takes to carry him through.  He is willing to work, but can do such a few things with one hand.

            I shall appreciate any thing you can do for him.

Yours very truly

Mrs. Ida B. Thomas


Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 3-5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the major developments in South Carolina in the late nineteenth century and the twentieth century.

Indicator 3-5.5 Explain the effects of the Great Depression and the New Deal on daily life in South Carolina, including the widespread poverty and unemployment and the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Standard 5-4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the economic boom-and-bust in America in the 1920s and 1930s, its resultant political instability, and the subsequent worldwide response.

Indicator 5-4.2 Summarize the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression, including economic weakness, unemployment, failed banks and businesses, and migration from rural areas.

Standard 8-6: The student will demonstrate an understanding of South Carolina’s development during the early twentieth century.

Indicator 8-6.5 Explain the effects of the Great Depression and the lasting impact of New Deal programs on South Carolina, including the Rural Electrification Act, the Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration and Public Works Administration building projects, the Social Security Act, and the Santee Cooper electricity project.

Standard USHC-7: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the economic boom-and-bust in America in the 1920s and 1930s, its resultant political instability, and the subsequent worldwide response.

Indicator USHC-7.4  Explain the causes and effects of the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression, including the disparity in incomes, limited government regulation, stock market speculation, and the collapse of the farm economy; wealth distribution, investment, and taxes; government policies and the Federal Reserve System; and the effects of the Depression on human beings and the environment.

 

 

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