Life in the City

Faith L., Max K., Nicole B.

Difficult Times

"We saw a crowd of some fifty men fighting over a barrel of garbage which had been set outside the back door of a restaurant American citizens fighting for scraps of food like animals." - Louise Armstrong

Many faced unemployment and poverty

Government did little to aid people in the city. Charitable organizations Salvation Army, Red Cross, and religious groups provided much help. Neighbors and communities worked together to help each other

Hungry and Homeless

Many from the city suffered from malnutrition later affecting their health. Some suffered long term problems with their eyes and teeth.


Around cities there were makeshift shelters from thrown away items. Such as packing boxes, scrap lumber, corrugated iron, etc. Blaming president Herbert Hoover for the depression, the homeless called the cities Hoovervilles
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