By Thomas Hanson and Brian Jensen
Intro: What is a Hoovervile?
- One of the largest Hoovervilles was built in St.Louis
- It gets the name of Hoover because Herbert Hoover was the president during the worst years of the shanty towns
- Garbage cans were a very important part of homeless living, because you could cook on the bottom, flatten it to make part of a house, or even, in some cases, sleep inside of it.
Not only were these people living in bad conditions, but it was demoralizing not owning a house because you couldn't pay your rent. More so for the men because they were supposed to be the providers for the family. Living in "Hoovervilles" was very hard and stressful.