Hoovervilles

Hoo•ver•ville - n.
A crudely built camp put up usually on the edge of a town to house the dispossessed and destitute during the depression of the 1930s.
- Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

Hoovervilles were named after President Herbert Hoover succeeding the Great Depression. Hoovervilles were also called shantytowns. People that inhabited Hoovervilles were poor Americans, who had lost their jobs in the Stock Market Crash of 1929.

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One of the largest Hoovervilles was in New York's Central Park.



A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.
--Herbert Hoover
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People are still using Hoovervilles today. In September 22, 2008 Seattle people set up pink tents to show the absence of low housing costs. This community is calling itself Nickelsville, named after Seattle's Mayor Greg Nickels. During that week over 4 tent cities sprang up. There were over 8,000 homeless people during that time period, just in surounding cities.

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"Movin' 'cause they got to. That's why foldks always move, Movin' 'cause they want somepin better'n what they got. An' that's the on'y way they'll ever git it. Wantin' it an' needin' it, they'll fo out an' get it. It's bein' hurt that makes folks mad to fightin'. I been walkin' aroun' the country, an' hearin' folks talk like you."--The Grapes of Wrath page 128

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