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Great Depression IN SC

The Great Depression in Sioux City 

Curator of History at the Sioux City Public Museum, Matt Anderson, will showcase images that illustrate the challenges that local citizens faced during the Great Depression and will show and explain how they dealt with these challenges in a mostly positive way. 

Like all American cities, Sioux City was profoundly affected by the economic catastrophe of the 1930s. Banks collapsed, the Dust Bowl and finances forced farmers off their land and businesses closed their doors. In 1932 and 1933, the Sioux City area was the scene of a wave of rural unrest as desperate farmers struggled to keep their farms. Later in the decade, there were major strikes in the local meatpacking industry. 

Fortunately, however, Sioux City was spared the widespread urban violence that plagued other American industrial centers. In addition, Sioux City was also a beneficiary of the Franklin Roosevelt administration’s New Deal public works programs, successfully administered by Sioux City-born Harry Hopkins. 

Adequate time will be given for discussion, memories and questions about this historically important subject and power point. 


Location: Wells Fargo Room, L110, Entrance 14, Parking Lot 4 
Fee: No charge / Max: 40
Lifelong Learning membership not required 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2218-05

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