Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

10/6/2012

And you thought it was bad now… Never-before-seen pictures capture everyday life of destitute Americans during the Great Depression

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.

All of the black-and-white photos that were made available online by the New York Public Library were taken in the 1930s and 1940s under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) – an agency created in 1935 as part of the New Deal policy to combat rural poverty.

The New York Times has reported that Roy Stryker, founder of the FSA’s photography project, was determined to compile a visual encyclopaedia of Depression-era U.S. and preserve it for future generations. for more click here

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