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Webisode 12: 1929-1945 Page: 1 | 2

New York Stock Exchange
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New York Stock Exchange
Here is the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as it appeared around the time of the stock market crash of 1929.



Wall Street Panic
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Wall Street Panic
Dazed investors gather outside the New York Stock Exchange following "Black Thursday," October 24. The stock market crash of 1929 was the worst financial upset in U.S. history.


Poor Farmer
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Poor Farmer
This haunting photograph shows a farmer ruined by the dustbowl of 1936. A woman and nursing child, possibly part of his family, sit behind him under a makeshift shelter.


President Herbert Hoover
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President Herbert Hoover
One of the wealthiest men ever to attain the White House, Herbert Hoover seemed out of touch with the suffering of Americans during the Great Depression.


A Hooverville
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A "Hooverville"
Two small children during the Great Depression sit beside a donation jar labeled "Hoover's Poor Farm Tobacco Fund." They are part of a squatter community, of a kind known bitterly as "Hoovervilles" because of the President's inability to even admit to the existence of a national crisis. A sign in front reads, "Hard Times are still Hoovering over Us."


The Bonus Army Riot
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The Bonus Army Riot
Bonus Army demonstrators are dispersed by armed guards and tear gas on July 29, 1932. The so-called Bonus Expeditionary Force, made up if some 15,000 veterans and their families, had staged a protest in Washington, D.C. in hopes of obtaining an early payment of a World War I bonus. Though almost all of the marchers were legitimate veterans, General Douglas MacArthur was convinced that at least 90 percent of them were fakes. And he refused even to read the President's direct orders that he not use force.



Young FDR
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Young FDR
The little child sitting on his father's shoulder, wearing a dress, is Franklin Roosevelt around age two. His father, James Roosevelt, was a wealthy financier whose family estate was located in Hyde Park, New York.


FDR as Secretary of the Navy
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FDR as Secretary of the Navy
Because of his strong support for Woodrow Wilson in 1912, Franklin Roosevelt was rewarded with the position of Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Here he stands, at right, in June, 1913 next to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels (in dark jacket) and Woodrow Wilson (in dark jacket and white pants). The man in the white suit is Wilson's secretary of state, William Jennings Bryan.


FDR on Crutches
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FDR on Crutches
Franklin Roosevelt poses for the press in 1924 with Democratic candidate John W. Davies. This is one of the rare photographs of FDR using crutches.


FDR Campaigning
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FDR Campaigning
Here is Franklin Roosevelt during one of his campaigns. Possibly it is 1932; more likely it is 1936.



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