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Never-before-seen pictures capture everyday life of destitute Americans during the Great Depression
Mail Online ^ | 6/8/12 | SNEJANA FARBEROV

Posted on 06/09/2012 9:30:09 AM PDT by djone

"And you thought it was bad now... Since the onset of the recession in 2007, pundits have compared the crisis to the Great Depression of the 1930s - but this week's release of 1,000 photographs from that bygone era serves as a reminder of how truly harsh that period was. "

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History
KEYWORDS: 2012; bhoeconomy; depression; economy; greatdepression; thegreatdepression
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"By 1932 the national unemployment rate had soared past 20 per cent, and millions of men and women were homeless, forced to live on the street and forage for scraps in garbage cans. As a result of widespread bank failures, many people lost their jobs and homes, and were forced to move to makeshift camps and shantytowns.
1 posted on 06/09/2012 9:30:19 AM PDT by djone
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To: djone

Given the state of the Obama economy these pictures could have been taken last week.


2 posted on 06/09/2012 9:39:18 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: djone

This is propaganda!!!
In those years settlers in the West were still living in dugouts by choice so they could work their land.
Blacks and whites were living in “hovels” in the South, but they called them homes.
Migrant workers are migrant workers. I’ve done some of that on a sheep shearing team in New Zealand. It was hard work, and we were not pretty, but it paid and fed us.
Those times were hard, but put those photos next to starving Africans. In spite of the depression, everyone looks well nurished.
We cannot look at the 1930’s through the lens of our current prosperity and ease. They toughed it out because life was tough in the best of times.


3 posted on 06/09/2012 9:40:26 AM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: djone

I saw more smiles than frowns in these photos. I also noticed that the photos were almost all of families, together. Most of the photos were of people working. I wonder if these people considered themselves “poor?”


4 posted on 06/09/2012 9:40:52 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: djone

B&W pictures make it look so bad. Not long ago someone e-mailed me a bunch of KODACHROME COLOR photos of the 1930s. All the difference in the world!

My folks lived through that time, from the hard times on a tobacco farm in Tennessee to the hard times in the dust bowl where they did not leave. They survived.


5 posted on 06/09/2012 9:41:42 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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My mother, father, and grandfather remembered this time well. I do, too - partically. I was born in 1950. I remember living in my grandpa’s house that had electricity (REA), a well, and an outhouse out back.

I remember as a young boy getting baths in a big galvanized tub filled with hot water taken from the well and heated on the stove. Heat was a coal burning stove/heater that was in the kitchen/open room in the center of the house...the whole house was about 750 square feet, 4 rooms. When my mom swept the floors all she need do was sweep the dirt through the cracks in the wood to the dirt below.

He was a carpenter, my dad a veteran serviceman with a 5th grade education. It wasn’t hard with their help to do better than they did. I worry now, with Obama and his socialists, if those times of my childhood will be visited on my grandchildren.


6 posted on 06/09/2012 9:41:42 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: djone

Ironic, isn’t it, that we must rely on our cousins across The Pond to find images that The Left doesn’t want us to see.


7 posted on 06/09/2012 9:43:59 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: djone

U-6, the “real” unemployment rate, May 2012: 14.8%.


8 posted on 06/09/2012 9:48:22 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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Thing is, it comes from the UK to show how bad we had it. They’ve never done a series on how bad the UK was during that time and turn of the century (1890-1900). It made our Depression look like prosperity.


9 posted on 06/09/2012 9:49:02 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: djone
A sad thing for hard-working men and women to lose their jobs and their homes. My parents lived through the Great Depression - neither one lost their house, but my mother's family had it rough. They were able to keep a large dog to keep the gas man from coming in and cutting off service. The Depression shaped their outlook for the remainder of their lives.



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

10 posted on 06/09/2012 9:49:26 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: djone

And this didn’t stop for over 10 years under an FDR administration.

Will we learn?


11 posted on 06/09/2012 9:54:28 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: djone

Using the accurate U6 data, we’re not all that far away:

http://portalseven.com/employment/unemployment_rate_u6.jsp?fromYear=2000&toYear=2012


12 posted on 06/09/2012 9:56:52 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Lurker

Holy carp: look at this...

http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/real-unemployment-rate-22-5/

22.5%


13 posted on 06/09/2012 10:00:37 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: WestwardHo

Hey troll, go back to your mommie’s basement


14 posted on 06/09/2012 10:01:02 AM PDT by ProudFossil (" I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry Truman)
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I see these pictures and all I can think of is our president's homely - 'white man's greed runs a world in need'.

Don't think these white folks would've quite understood.

15 posted on 06/09/2012 10:02:31 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: ProudFossil

How is he a troll?


16 posted on 06/09/2012 10:06:30 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (http://www.amazon.com/Wilson-Harp/e/B0087FYGRI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1)
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To: PGR88

You are right. Most families had a father and a mother. Plus as my Mom has told me many times they never felt that bad about themselves because everybody was in the same boat. Families doubled up and the men went out looking for work and the women did the housework and cooked and washed clothes while minding the children. My mom has said that many nights all they had was cornbread with milk over it and my Dad said they never starved but a lot of nights it was just potatoes and nothing else. There was no food stamps or welfare and people were too proud to take it anyway.


17 posted on 06/09/2012 10:09:04 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Old Sarge
Ironic, isn’t it, that we must rely on our cousins across The Pond to find images that The Left doesn’t want us to see.

I'm not so sure the Left minds if we see these photos. After all, their story (and they are sticking to it) is that it was Wall Street greed which led to the Crash in '29, kicking off the Depression and only when FDR got control of the government did things get better.

The reality is much different, as the economic policy of both Hoover and Roosevelt (ridiculously similar to the kind of transformed America that Obama wants) contributed to deepening and lengthening the Depression, not fixing it.

18 posted on 06/09/2012 10:11:38 AM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: carriage_hill

Dittos to the “Holy carp”

22.5% Yikes

http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/real-unemployment-rate-22-5/


19 posted on 06/09/2012 10:11:38 AM PDT by Irish Eyes
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Am I crazy, or most of those people look BETTER fit than people today? If you take random photos of poor people in America, they are fat and are clearly not suffering from the lack of food. Those depression era poor people at least look to have dignity (at least in appearance).


20 posted on 06/09/2012 10:12:19 AM PDT by sagar
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