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GRAPES OF WRATH

THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND THE GRAPES OF WRATH: ONE BOOK ONE SIOUXLAND EVENT

As the 1920s raced to a close, the recession that gripped the farm belt finally reached the cities. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 ushered in a devastating downturn that erased the operating capital of the business world and wiped out the investments of millions of families. The Great Depression was a self-perpetu- ating financial black hole consuming money, jobs, and futures. It continued to roll across the country, and within a few years the economic chaos that had de- voured farms, businesses and jobs was forcing people out of their homes. It is estimated at least 25% of the work force was idle. As banks became unstable, foreclosure due to debt became inevitable. Tent cities sprang up around the country. Many of those “Hooverville’s” were the results of people from rural areas, forced off the farm or out of homes, hitting the road to anywhere hoping to find a job. Some were lucky, others not.

Join historian Russ Gifford for pictures and stories of the Great Depression, as people struggled with the worst economic event of their lives.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21; 10:30 A.M. TO NOON
Location: Advanced Sciences Bldg., Room L416/417, Entrance 11
Fee: No charge / Max: 100
Lifelong Learning membership not required
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2218-07 

 

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