Great Depression

The Great Depression was a worldwide economic depression that began with the crash of the U.S. stock market on October 29, 1929. In the United States, the depression was compounded by the onset of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, which displaced hundreds of thousands from their farms. Governments around the world instituted reforms and relief measures, which in the United States were known as the New Deal. Economic recovery began in the early 1930s, and the depression ended with World War II.

Explore the topics below to learn more about this period through newspaper articles and clippings.

Bonnie and Clyde, circa 1932-1934

Bonnie and Clyde

Background Both Clyde Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) and Bonnie Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) grew up in the slums of Dallas, Texas, but while Clyde ended up on the wrong side of the law by his teen years, Bonnie seemed to stay out of trouble. The two met …Read More

Dust storm in Texas during Dust Bowl, 1935

Dust Bowl

What is the Dust Bowl? The Dust Bowl was a period when severe drought and dust storms struck parts of the American Great Plains. Because it spanned the 1930s, the Dust Bowl is sometimes called the “Dirty Thirties.” The term “Dust Bowl” may also be used to collectively refer to the states hit hardest by …Read More

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Sr. (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and became a central …Read More

Unemployed men at a soup kitchen during the Great Depression, 1936

Great Depression

The Great Depression was a global economic depression that in the United States lasted from 1929 to roughly 1939. It started in the United States and spread to other countries around the world, particularly in Europe. The “Black Tuesday” stock market crash of October 29, 1929, marked the beginning of the Great Depression. But there were …Read More