THE GREAT DEPRESSION

The Great Depression began on October 29, 1929 and was a period of hardship, national disillusionment and fear.  Eighty-five years later, we look back on this era through a series of rare photos.

 

By October 29th, the market had fully collapsed. It was so bad that it was dubbed "Black Tuesday."


A stock trader jumped to his death after losing everything.


Shanty towns like this one popped up all over the country. This one was in New York's Central Park.


Panic on the floor of the US Stock Exchange.


Although the first banks didn't fail until 1930, there were runs on them nonetheless the moment the crash happened.



Hundreds of men line up to apply for a single position.


Severe drought and windstorms also struck the nation during the depression.  Here, a storm blows over the National Mall in Washington, DC.



 

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