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Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945
Americans React to the Great Depression
Hoovervilles - Photograph Collage

During the Great Depression, many families lost their homes because they could not pay their mortgages. These people had no choice but to seek alternative forms of shelter. Hoovervilles, named after President Hoover, who was blamed for the problems that led to the depression, sprung up throughout the United States. The following photos provide a glimpse of some Hoovervilles. In what ways do you think life changed for people who lost their jobs, life savings, and homes, and ended up living in Hoovervilles? Do you think most Hooverville residents had a choice about how they lived? Can you think of anything similar to Hoovervilles in the United States today? If so, how are they different or similar to the Hoovervilles of the Great Depression?

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hooverville in Portland

Hooverville, Portland, Oregon

hooverville in Ohio

Dwellers in Local Hooverville, Circleville, Ohio

squatter's shacks

Squatters' Shacks Along the Willamette River, Portland, Oregon

hooverville of Bakersfield, CA

Hooverville of Bakersfield, California


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