The Great Depression

U.S. Great Depression photos from the 1930's - 1940's

Did you know that the Great Depression was worldwide but began in the United States with the crash of the stock market on October 29, 1929 (Black Tuesday)? As a result of the Depression, unemployment rose to 25% in the United States and in some countries unemployment was as high as 33%.

The Great Depression of the 1930's and 40's affected economies worldwide for over a decade and no other economic downturn has been as devastating. This collection of photos shows snapshots of life, jobs, the economy and of the people who lived during this notable time in history.