New York City in the Great Depression: Sheltering the Homeless

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Following the stock market crash of 1929, the rising unemployment rate and widespread depression made it necessary for the city of New York to provide more commodious quarters for the city's homeless. New York City in the Great Depression: Sheltering the Homeless is a pictorial history of the shelters provided by the city during the Great Depression, including the Municipal Lodging House and its annexes in Manhattan, the farm colony at Camp LaGuardia, and the rehabilitation center at Hart Island. Archival photographs and documents depict the famous Great Depression breadlines, Mayor Jimmy Walker, Gov. Al Smith, and Tammany Hall, as well as the city's immigrants and tenement housing.
ISBN: 9780738565972
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Images: 183
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dorothy Laager Miller has worked as a teacher on Long Island for 30 years and is a member of the Three Village Historical Society. She began researching New York City's Great Depression after the discovery of her grandfather's archive of photographs documenting the Municipal Lodging House, where he was the superintendent. Through images from his collection, as well as from the New-York Historical Society and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, she presents the faces of New York citizens dealing with poverty, unemployment, and homelessness during one of the worst economic times in recent history.
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