HOMELESS 'HOOVERVILLE' CAMPS - 1932 The Great Depression leaves millions jobless and out of a home. Makeshift communities of homeless camps spring up across the nation dubbed "Hoovervilles" for the president who doesn't believe in the dole. Men pass the time here when they aren't out looking for work.
NYC "HOOVERVILLE" CAMP - 1932 A shanty town for the unemployed springs up almost in the heart of New York City. The town is headed up by a Texas sailor as the mayor and boasts a laundry service and barber to keep residents clean until they find jobs again.
EMPLOYMENT UP FOR SOME - 1932 - 1 A revival for some businesses across the U.S. puts thousands back to work as factories open their doors. A Pennsylvania wool mill, Milwaukee shoe factory and a Sacramento fruit-packing plant all get busy while New Yorkers now have a little more money to spend on dinner and dancing.
EMPLOYMENT UP FOR SOME - 1932 - 2 The trend towards increased production and employment continues with factories re-opening as public confidence and consumerism returns. A Cincinnati garment factory, Wisconsin paper company, Sacramento almond plant and Indiana manufacturer of cleaning products hire record numbers of people.
EMPLOYMENT UP FOR SOME - 1932 A much welcomed upturn in some factories across the nation puts thousands back on the payroll. A Cincinnati electrotype plant, an Oregon furniture factory, a Massachusetts appliances manufacturer and an Illinois clock factory all open for business heralding a brighter future for the nation.
GREAT DEPRESSION BRINGS HUNGER & DESPAIR - 1932 Haunting scenes of poverty and hunger in the cities as the Great Depression brings unemployment to an all time high. People stand in long lines for aid and possible employment while others dig through garbage for scraps and live in extreme poverty.
FDR SIGNS BILL FOR PUBLIC WORKS 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill into law in 1933, making possible the formation of public work projects under organizations like the NRA and WPA. Congress is shown in session. Construction workers working on a dam and other infrastructure projects.
AMERICAN HUMORIST ROBERT BENCHLEY - THE CAUSES OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION American humorist Robert Benchley talks about the primary causes of the Great Depression including overproduction, too little thyroid secretions, too much Vermouth and so on. He then points to a chart behind him: "If you will look at this chart which I have here you will see all what I mean. Here you will see that in 1921 our trade balance was 22.214.171.124. This represented 24 million bushels of wheat which is too much wheat. Under such circumstances it is littler wonder that people did not know whether they were coming or going."
ENGLISH FACTORIES AND UNEMPLOYED MINERS 1933 Scenes from the Great Depression in England in 1933. English factories and kids playing in dirty streets in a poor section of Wales. Coal miners are trained to do other jobs and men work and eat at a rest camp.
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