This graph shows the high percentage of unemployment during the 1930's.
During the worst dust storms, residents hung wet sheets in front of windows to filter the air. Others spread sheets over their furniture, or wedged rags under doors. Mealtime during a storm meant that plates, cups, and glasses were often covered with a thin coat of dust. Many residents died from "dust pneumonia."
Unemployed men often lined up to receive free food from a soup kitchen. The kitchen would often run out of food to serve because there were so many people in line.
Tuesday, October 29, 1929, is remembered as Black Tuesday in the United States. That day, the value of stocks on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) plummeted, and many Americans lost their savings. Black Tuesday is commonly regarded as the beginning of the Great Depression.
Political cartoon making light of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's attempt to add Supreme Court justices. (Primary Source)
“Hooverville” was a term used to describe the towns that were built and inhabited by millions of homeless and unemployed people in communities across the United States.
This picture shows a young girl looking out from a newspaper-lined window of her log cabin home. The Great Depression brought about a further decline in living standards for many southern blacks.
This image shows a man who lost all of his money during the stock market crash and is trying to get some of it back by selling his car.