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Hoovervilles , Seattle Washington "Hooverville" became a common term for shacktowns and homeless encampments during the Great Depression. There were dozens in Washington, hundreds throughout the country, due to the housing and employment crisis of the 1930s. Seattle's main Hooverville was one of the largest, longest-lasting, and best documented in the nation. It stood for ten years, 1931 to 1941.
New York, 1937. "Times Square with Father Duffy statue still wrapped up." Sculptor Charles Keck's likeness of Francis P. Duffy, the New York Army National Guard chaplain decorated for his service in France with the 69th Infantry Regiment during World War I. Duffy Square and the statue were dedicated on May 2, 1937, by Mayor LaGuardia. Photo by Peter Sekaer.