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 18.104.22.168. 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."
BONUS ARMY REVOLT Thousands of unemployed WWI vets descend on Washington D.C., demanding payment of the Service Certificates. The U.S. Army is called in to control the unruly crowd. The shanties, where the vets camped out, are burned.
CARL LAEMMLE SUPPORTS NRA & FDR Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle returns from a trip abroad to express the confidence and he and people abroad have in FDR and the NRA (National Recovery Administration).
CROWDED CITIES, HOMELESNESS & SOUP KITCHENS Various images of American life during the Great Depression. City streets, crowded with cars and people. A crowd, waiting to get inside an employment agency. Men, some holding children, filing into a soup kitchen. CU of a woman's hand ladling soup into a bowl. A poor man, sewing his clothing on a bench. Homeless men, sleeping in a doorway and on a park bench.
DEPRESSION ERA IMAGES Depression era images: exterior shot of the New York Wall Street Stock Exchange Building; CU of a Wall Street street sign; pedestrians pass men standing in line on a city street and a man arranging items in a crate on a street corner.
DEPRESSION IMAGES Various images of American life during the Great Depression. African American men digging beside a railroad track. A group of men, both black and white, lifting a boat into the water. A poor family living in a man-made, outdoor shelter. Farm animals on a town street. Poor children lining up for food at a soup kitchen. Families eating on benches at the kitchen. A black woman feeding her child. A little boy, sits alone, eating. Houses, some partially destroyed, others completely destroyed. House furniture, laying outside homes in disarray. A crooked clothesline outside a shack.
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