Hard Times and Unemployment. By the end of 1932—12 million Americans were unemployed Hawley-Smoot Tariff raised tariffs on foreign goodscut U.S. exports and imports People starting cutting out luxuries and food No Rent $=moved to Hoovervilles shantytowns
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“Here you will find men living in homemade ‘houses’ constructed of box wood and lumber, begging description. Many curious folks come out ‘Shantytown’ and a guide eagerly shows one around with explanations as to who is who and what is what in ‘shantytown.’ Any donation you may give is part of the community chest and shared by all dwellers.”
--Brady Stewart, photographer, Pittsburgh, 1930
Peggy De Hart
Bob “Guitar Whitey” Symmonds