Never Before Seen Photos of the Great Depression

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At the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to document the country in order to gain support for government programs. Several photographers were commissioned, resulting in over 180,000 photos.

The catalogue has been maintained by the Library of Congress, but it wasn’t until recently that the photos became digitally searchable. The following is a small collection of these never before seen photos.

1. Craigville, Minnesota — September 1937

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A lumberjack who was beaten up in a fight and then dropped into a Saloon where he was bandaged up.
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The timber workers in Minnesota organized their first successful strike in January 1937 and then again one month after the above photo was taken, in October 1937. For many years the lumberjacks were working extremely long hours, lived in squalor and received little pay.

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