A Secret Gift Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

''A Secret Gift'' is a nonfiction book that explores mysterious $5 checks donated to struggling individuals in the Great Depression. These questions can help guide your students through a discussion about this book.

A Secret Gift

A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--and a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression is a 2011 nonfiction book by author Ted Gupp. In the book, Gupp researches his own family history and the mystery of why his grandfather donated $750 dollars to individuals in his community in the form of anonymous $5 checks. These acts of kindness proved to change lives in the small town during the Great Depression, adding a rarely seen story to our understanding of this period in American history. The following questions can help your students work through this book's content, themes, and message.

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