50 Rare Images From The Great Depression

By Wesley Morin

A Hopeless Situation

The Great Depression came after the famous 1929 collapse of the New York Stock Exchange. During this period, unemployment rates in America reached an all-time high of 25 percent and many families were on the brink of starvation. Commodity prices plummeted and a severe eight-year-long drought ravaged the land. President Roosevelt's new deal came as a ray of hope in a very desperate situation. Check out these 50 images from this period of great despair.

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With no jobs and no food, many people resorted to criminal activities such as theft to sustain themselves. Even those who were lucky to be employed still had a tough time due to very little wages. Without the soup kitchens and bread lines that were operated by various philanthropic groups, many people would have starved in this era.