The 1930's By: Cole bergwall

The hungry and unemployed stand in the cold for hours to get a cheap meal in New York City. Such sights were common everywhere during the Great Depression.
To combat the effects of the Great Depression on children, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the National Youth Administration (NYA). More than 5 million young people took part in these programs, which trained teenagers and young adults in trades and employed them in civic projects. These boys are shown in Dover, Delaware, in July 1938.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was created in 1933 as part of the First New Deal. The CCC provided employment for young men between the ages of 18 and 25 on projects dealing with conservation and protection of natural resources. From 1933 until its dissolution in 1942, the CCC employed more than 3 million men.
As the financial conditions of the Great Depression worsened, tax revenues led to severe shortages in funding for public schools. Eventually many schools were forced to close, with schools in small towns and rural communities experiencing the highest numbers of closings.
The drought that hit portions of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, and Colorado during the 1930s gave way to large dust storms caused by strong winds that lifted the dry, overgrazed soil into the air. In the largest migration in U.S. history, millions of people fled their homes and property to escape the potentially fatal storms. This photograph shows Elmer Thomas and his family as they prepare to leave their farm near Muskogee, Oklahoma, and join the exodus to California, where between 100,000 and 200,000 migrants relocated.
During the Great Depression, which began in 1929 and lasted until 1941, U.S. unemployment reached upwards of 15 percent. This photograph shows an unemployed man standing outside of a closed business in 1936, a common scene in cities across the country.
The total percentage of unemployed civilians rose from less than 5 percent in 1890 to 15 percent in 1940, with the strongest increase occurring during the Great Depression. The percentage began to decline during the 1940s due to increased production for World War II.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a campaign speech from Madison Square Garden in New York on October 31, 1936, in which he unveiled his plans for economic relief that has been called the second New Deal. Some of these plans included the formation of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the passage of the Social Security and Labor Relations Acts. Roosevelt was, in part, responding to criticism that his policies were not doing enough to alleviate the suffering caused by the Great Depression.

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