Unemployed men line up for free bread and soup during the Great Depression. Charitable groups created "soup kitchens" to help feed the poor in some American cities.
and people lose their jobs. The federal government tried to implement an unemployment program in 1893, but it was not successful, and the depression lasted for about four years. In 1929, the American stock market crashed and the United States was soon plunged into another depression. This one lasted throughout the 1930s, and today is known as the Great Depression. Countries all over the world were affected. Companies went out of business and banks failed.
Poverty and Welfare in the United States
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