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Images of the Great Depression

In the 1930s, the Great Depression gripped much of America. Jobs and money were scarce resources. President Roosevelt instituted a recovery project known as the "New Deal" in part to restore jobs. The Farm Security Administration (FSA), which later fed into the Office of War Information (OWI), sent professional photographs to document rural and small-town life and the effects of the Great Depression. The majority of these photographs were taken between 1935 and 1944. The FSA assigned photographer Ben Shahn to capture images of small-town life in Ohio in 1938. Shahn's collection of negatives from the town of Plain City, Ohio now reside in the FSA- OWI Photograph Collection in the Library of Congress. ...more