Great Depression Stories

This spring, I will publish a book about how New York City writers survived the Great Depression. Here are some stories I found...


Great Depression Stories

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The poet Orrick Johns writing about solidarity in his 1937 memoir.

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An elderly pretzel vendor in NYC during the Great Depression & an essay about living in the city during that time.

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As the country struggled to emerge from the Great Depression, author Napoleon Hill taught people how to "Think and Grow Rich."

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Spanish Civil War demonstration in New York. Press photo. Photograph by "Alexander, 177 Thompson Street, New York."

A Photo Essay on the Great Depression

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Police stand guard outside the entrance to New York's closed World Exchange Bank, March 20, 1931. Not only did bank failures wipe out people's savings, they also undermined the ideology of thrift.

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Beacon Light Mission during the Great Depression.

Great Depression: Beacon Light Mission -- Encyclopedia Britannica

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Library of Congress image from a department store strike during the Great Depression.

How New York City Writers Survived the Great Depression

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I love this 1930s etching from the WPA Guide to NYC.

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The great Zora Neale Hurston sang the blues in the Great Depression.

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Gone with the Wind can teach us about Amazon.

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