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ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



You know that people / They are driftin’ from do’ to do’

But they can’t find no heaven  I don’t care where they go

Um, hm-hm Um-uh-hm Mm-hm-hm Um, hm-hm-hm

People, if I ever can get up / Off a-this old hard killin’ flo’

Lord, I’ll never get down / This low no mo’

Lyrics by By Skip James



Depression Shopping List: 1932 to 1934

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Pontiac coupe                                                              $585.00

Chrysler sedan                                                               995.00

Dodge                                                                           595.00

Studebaker                                                                    840.00

Packard                                                                     2,150.00

Chevrolet half-ton pickup truck                                      650.00




Lincoln ’27                                                                    125.00

Studebaker ’30                                                             200.00

Ford ’29                                                                         57.50






Mink coat                                                                    $585.00

Leopard coat                                                                   92.00

Cloth coat                                                                         6.98

Raincoat                                                                            2.69

Wool dress                                                                        1.95

Wool suit                                                                           3.98

Wool sweater                                                                    1.69

Silk stockings                                                                      .69

Leather shoes                                                                    1.79

Reptile leather shoes                                                          6.00




Overcoat                                                                         11.00

Wool suit                                                                         10.50

Trousers                                                                            2.00

Shirt                                                                                    .47

Pullover sweater                                                                1.95

Silk necktie                                                                          .55

Suede hunting shirt                                                             2.94

Calfskin riding boots                                                          9.50

Golf suit                                                                           20.00

Tuxedo                                                                            25.00

Stetson hat                                                                        5.00

Shoes                                                                                3.85


Household Items


Silver plate flatware, 26-piece                                          $4.98

Double-bed sheets                                                               .67

Bath towel                                                                           .24

Wool blanket                                                                     1.00

Linen tablecloth                                                                 1.00

Wool rug (9¢ ´ 12¢)                                                           5.85




Electric iron                                                                     $2.00

Electric coffee percolator                                                   1.39

Electric mixer                                                                     9.95

Vacuum cleaner                                                               18.75

Electric washing machine                                                  47.95

Gas stove                                                                        23.95

Electric portable sewing machine                                      24.95

Copper lamp                                                                     1.95




Dining room set, 8-piece                                                $46.50

Bedroom set, 3-piece                                                      49.95

Lounge chair                                                                    19.95

Double bed and spring mattress                                       14.95

Bridge table                                                                       1.00

Colonial walnut secretary                                                 54.00

Mahogany coffee table                                                     10.75

Chippendale mahogany sofa                                           135.00

Louis XV walnut dining table                                          124.00

Wing chair                                                                       39.00

Grand piano                                                                  395.00




Dental filling                                                                     $1.00

Tooth paste (large)                                                              .25

Coty face powder                                                              1.50

L’Aimant-perfume, ¼ oz.                                                   1.00

Cultivated Oriental pearls                                                 35.00

Razor blades (10)                                                                .49

Cigarettes                                                                            .15

Pipe                                                                                    .83

Alarm clock                                                                       2.00

Fountain pen                                                                      1.00

Briefcase                                                                           1.00

Console radio                                                                  49.95

Electric typewriter                                                            19.75

Movie camera, 8 mm.                                                      29.50

Kodak Box Brownie                                                         2.59

Automobile tire                                                                  6.20

Gasoline (per gallon)                                                            .18




Doll carriage                                                                    $4.98

Sled                                                                                  1.45

Tricycle                                                                             3.98

Two-wheeled bike                                                           10.95

Fielder’s glove and ball                                                      1.25

Catcher’s mitt                                                                    1.19

Leather basketball                                                             1.00

B B air rifle                                                                          .79




Sirloin steak (per lb.)                                                       $0.29

Round steak (per lb.)                                                           .26

Rib roast (per lb.)                                                                .22

Bacon (per lb.)                                                                    .22

Ham (per lb.)                                                                       .31

Leg of lamb (per lb.)                                                            .22

Chicken (per lb.)                                                                 .22

Pork chops (per lb.)                                                            .20

Salmon (16 oz. can)                                                             .19

Milk (per qt.)                                                                       .10

Margarine (per lb.)                                                              .13

Egg (per doz.)                                                                     .29

Cheese (per lb.)                                                                   .24

Bread (20 oz. loaf)                                                              .05

Coffee (per lb.)                                                                    .26

Sugar (per lb.)                                                                     .05

Rice (per lb.)                                                                       .06

Potatoes (per lb.)                                                                 .02

Tomatoes (16 oz. can)                                                         .09

Oranges (per doz.)                                                              .27

Bananas (per lb.)                                                                 .03

Cornflakes (8 oz. package)                                                  .08


Real Estate


Modern house, 6 rooms, 2-car garage, Detroit          $2,800.00

English cottage, 8 rooms, 3 baths, 1 ballroom, Seattle                                                          4,2500.00

Italian villa, 12 rooms, Westchester, N.Y.                 17,000.00

Spanish stucco, 7 rooms, Beverly Hills                        5,000.00






New York to Chicago, round trip                                  $86.31

Chicago to Los Angeles, round trip                                207.00



Chicago to San Francisco round trip, 16 days in San Francisco                                                      80.50

New York City to Scarsdale, N.Y., monthly commuter ticket 10.39



Tour of Europe, 60 days, 11 countries                           495.00

Bermuda-Havana-Nassau, cruise, 10 days                     110.00

Around the world, 85 days, 14 countries                        749.00

San Francisco to Hawaii, round trip                               220.00

New York to California via Panama Canal                     120.00


posted 14 May 2006

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Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All

By Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons knows firsthand that wealth is rooted in much more than the stock  market. True wealth has more to do with what’s in your heart than what’s in your wallet. Using this knowledge, Simmons became one of America’s shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most investors only dream about. No matter how much material gain he accumulated, he never stopped lending a hand to those less fortunate. In Super Rich, Simmons uses his rare blend of spiritual savvy and street-smart wisdom to offer a new definition of wealth-and share timeless principles for developing an unshakable sense of self that can weather any financial storm. As Simmons says, “Happy can make you money, but money can’t make you happy.”

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama’s political success and Oprah Winfrey’s financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today… than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don’t know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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