Art & Social Issues in American Culture
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The New York stock market crash of October 29, 1929 signaled the onset of the Great Depression, which cast a cloud over early 20th century America. Poverty permeated urban and rural areas alike.

Labor strife in factories and mines as well as the Great Drought in the heartland left few untouched by economic struggles. By 1932 the unemployed population in the USA had reached 15 million.

Government efforts to improve the economy led to federal funding of artists under programs such as the Federal Arts Project of the Works Progress Administration (FAP/WPA).

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Rural Poverty Urban Poverty Anti-Poverty Efforts Fall Short Labor Disputes

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Art & Social Issues :: Great Depression :: Documenting History :: Urban Poverty

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