12 Rare Photos Taken In Boston During The Great Depression
The Wall Street Crash of October 1929 unleashed a wave of suffering on the entire county – and the world. By 1930, four million Americans couldn’t find work, with that number rising to 15 million by 1933. That last statistics means that 20% of the population was unemployed.
Like other major cities, Boston felt the effects of the Great Depression. Since manufacturing played such a big role in our economy, the city was hit pretty hard. James Michael Curley’s reelection as mayor in 1930 was controversial; at first, he tried to ease the hardship through public works projects. However, as the decade went on, he began to offer more direct assistance to the poor.
The 1930s were a challenging decade across the nation, and these 12 images show scenes from daily life in Boston during those years.
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It’s amazing to see what life looked like in this tumultuous era in our history, but Bostonians have always had a strong fighting spirit, which certainly helped our city to bounce back and rise again to its modern glory. Do you have a favorite shot among these images? Let us know in the comments below.