On October 29, 1929, the US stock market suffered a sudden and devastating collapse, inducing the Great Depression. This disastrous economic downturn lasted throughout the 1930s, and its reverberations were still felt well into the 1940s. Historians generally pinpoint the end of the Great Depression as the advent of WWII. During the Depression, families around the country were shocked into startling levels of poverty, and government programs like the Works Progress Adminstration (WPA) were created to provide labor opportunities to the suffering masses.
Now, thanks to a massive effort by the US Library of Congress, a trove of colorized photos taken during the Great Depression has been released to the public. This collection features Depression-era photos from Seattle to Puerto Rico, from Vermont to Louisiana, and all locations in between.
1. Standing Outside Al Capone's Soup Kitchen, Chicago, IL, 1931Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BYHistory alive?
2. Shanty Town In Hooverville, Near Seattle, WA, 1937History alive?
3. Chopping Cotton Near White Plains, GA, 1941History alive?
4. The Whinery Family, Homesteaders In Pie Town, NM, 1940History alive?