Nathaniel Self (above left), author of "Echoes of the Great
Depression", donates book to Mission of Hope coordinator
Mission of Hope, coordinated
by Bob Fields, will be receiving the proceeds from the sale of
200 books. Nathaniel Self, a Bessemer resident, has written a
book, "Echoes of the Great Depression", about
life in the mining camps during the Great Depression.
Nathaniel Self was the
third child of Sebern Lee and Gladys Roberts Self, born in 1926
in Walker County. During World War II he served in the US Navy
aboard the USS Mendoceno, an amphibious personnel assault flagship.
After the war ended, he attended Birmingham-Southern College
in Birmingham, where he completed his undergraduate degree in
Nat worked as an industrial
engineer for the US Steel Corporation in Fairfield for almost
15 years before joining the administrative staff of the University
of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. After more than 26 years at the university,
he retired in 1993 and now enjoys working out at the YMCA, gardening,
following Alabama football and feeding birds and other wildlife.
Nathaniel has also donated
a portion of his book sales to First Methodist Church in Bessemer
and YMCA of Bessemer. The books can be purchased for $15 at The
Mission of Hope which is opened every Thursday, as this is clothes
give-away day, or you can order through
the mail. "Echoes of the Great Depression"
is truly a trip back in time that you don't want to miss.
BESSEMER NATIVE COMPLETES BOOK
The Western Star
August 16, 2000
Nat L. Self of Bessemer
recently completed a book titled "Echoes of the Great
Depression." Nat wrote the book off and on for seven
years after retiring from The University of Alabama. The setting
of most of the stories in the book is in coal mining camps in
and near Dora, Alabama where Nat grew up with three brothers
and four sisters. Eye witnessed stories as remembered and written
by Nat began during the fall of 1929 and continued to the fall
The purpose of the book
is to lay bare the culture of a typical poor coal mining family
struggling during the long, slow, and dreadful years of the Great
Depression. Nat wove numerous historical events throughout the
book and humanized their impact on his family and community.
Nat has had the book published
and is initially donating books to the First Methodist Church
of Bessemer, the YMCA of Bessemer, and the Mission of Hope of
Dora. The book may be purchased for $15 from any member of the
three organizations or at their offices. You may call Nat for
additional information at 205-425-0513.