RELIEF: Youth & Yield

When interviewers lately sought out Mrs. Charles E. Williams in her modest apartment over a backyard garage in a suburb of Birmingham, Ala., her first remark about her son, Assistant Federal Relief Administrator Aubrey Willis Williams, was: "He's a self-made man."

Aubrey Williams' rich planter grandfather voluntarily freed a thousand slaves, involuntarily lost the rest of his property in the Civil War. Trained only for leisure, Aubrey Williams' father turned to manual labor, became a notably unsuccessful blacksmith. Son Aubrey went to work at 6 in a...

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