The photographs below should remind us all that life just isn’t as bad as it could be, and was for these generations of Americans. The Great Depression occurred in a time before unemployment benefits, social welfare, or social security were available to assist American citizens in need. The unemployment rate was nearly 25% and many Americans were simply homeless or living in shanty towns and camps. Further, with War brewing in Europe and the Dust Bowl events, these must have indeed been terrifying times for Americans…
There has been a lot of press lately about income inequality and lack of middle class mobility; I can’t help but wonder what these folks might think of our living standards today. Thee are questions that I would like to ask these men and women that were trying to survive in these extraordinary times. Would they believe that life and standard of living has improved for Americans? Would they approve of today’s economy?
These photographs are part of a collection that was unearthed and catalogued in 2012. I find the image of the child, dressed in a burlap feed-sack, particularly poignant.
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