Recent economic woes notwithstanding, America has never seen anything quite like the Great Depression. The Hoover administration’s efforts proved unable to cope with a growing crisis after the 1929 stock market crash. A run on the local bank was common, with many depositors losing everything in those pre-FDIC days. Men who had been family breadwinners found themselves in bread lines. President Roosevelt put young men to work in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and reassured Americans with his “fireside chats” on radio. Later, thousands of men were utilized by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructing roads, bridges, public buildings and parks, many of which are still in use today, a testament to the spirit of families, neighbors and church groups who banded together to see one another through the hard times. Their legacy is documented here with over 200 historic photographs.
Softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 240 pgs.