The 1930s were a time of change. They saw the peak of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the beginning of World War II, but the decade wasn’t all bad. Pluto was discovered, the first analog computer was developed, frozen food and the quick freeze process were patented, the Hoover Dam was built, the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted its first class (which included Babe Ruth), William Henry Hastie became the first African American federal judge, and the Golden Gate Bridge opened, among other achievements. But what was life like in New Jersey? Continue on to find out.

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