The Great Depression

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Great Depression Primary Sources and Teaching Activities

Paintings: Murals: Conrad A. Albrizio: Titled "The New Deal": Dedicated to President Roosevelt: Placed in the auditorium of the Leonardo Da Vinci Art School 149 East 34th Street New York New York; ca. 1934. National Archives Identifier: 196024

Beginning with the stock market crash of 1929 and lasting until the eve of WWII in 1939, the Great Depression was a severe economic downturn in the United States that had worldwide implications.

Roseville, Placer County, California. On the Freights. Five o'clock in the morning in Roseville switch yards for freight going over the Sierra; 4/19/1940 – National Archives Identifier: 532082

The Great Depression had devastating social and cultural effects. Acute unemployment, monetary deflation, bank failures, and the collapse of many industries defined the era as some of the harshest adversity Americans had faced since the Civil War.

Jobless Men Lined up for the First Time in California to File Claims for Unemployment Compensation; ca. 1938 – National Archives Identifier: 7716670

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