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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.

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Part of an impoverished family of nine on a New Mexico highway. Depression... more
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A shanty built of refuse near the Sunnyside slack pile, Herrin, Illinois.... more
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Inflation: Almost too recent and painful to recall - the dark days in... more
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt and President Herbert Hoover on their way to the... more
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The Glen Cook Family of Little Sioux Township, Woodbury County, Iowa in 1936.... more
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Taken at Unemployment Office, San Francisco, CA USA in .
Note:The unemployment rate in 1938 was just under 20% - the US population was... more
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This photo was taken on "Skid Row" - Howard Street in San Francisco,... more
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Taken at Tulare Migrant Camp, Visalia, CA USA in .
Tulare migrant camp. Visalia, California. "Steel cabins house individual... more
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A photo of a WPA (Works Progress Administration) dinner in 1939 held in the... more
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Shelby News report about Dan Hornsby: Shows the Columbia Recording of Dan... more
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Taken at Gramma Harrison's Home, Sabula, Jackson County, IA USA.
Nina Belle (Swift) Harrison and Baby Harriet Harrison on the back porch of... more
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Delta Road, near New Orleans, LA. Emile Riche, a farmer, has a small place... more
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Delta Road, near New Orleans, La. Emile Riche, a farmer, has a small place... more
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Delta Road, near New Orleans, La. Emile Riche, a farmer, has a small place... more
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Uncompleted hotel on main street, started in 1929, never finished because of... more
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Washington, Yakima: Monument to Depression. Unfinished hotel standing in... more
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Depression and drought struck towns as well as farms. Laborers, clerks,... more
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Negro cotton hoers are taken from the Delta cotton towns to the cotton... more
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Home of former white labor contractor, now general day laborer, Weslaco, Texas
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