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Rock Street, San Francisco

The Depression caused many farmers to lose their farms. Thousands of these farmers and other unemployed workers looked for work in California. Many ended up homeless while others moved to shantytowns called “Hoovervilles,” named after then-President Herbert Hoover. During 1932, three years after the crash, near thirty million Americans had lost their source of income, from unemployment or loss of a family ‘breadwinner’. Those who were lucky enough to have consistent work schedules, more than half were reduced to part-time schedules. Even though there had been devastating economic depressions before, the 1930s crisis highly affected both urban and rural regions and devastated both middle and working-class people.

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