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  • The stock market crash in October 1929, deepened a devastating depression that had affected the nation for nearly a decade. Many people used whatever means they had at their disposal for survival. In the 1930s, Hoovervilles/ shantytowns formed coast to coast in cities of the United States.
  • Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), America's 31st president, took office in 1929, the year the U.S. economy fell deep into the Great Depression. As the Depression deepened, Hoover failed to recognize the severity of the situation or leverage the power of the federal government to address it.
  • when people used newspaper as blankets they were called Hooverblankets
  • When people turned their empty pockets inside out they were called 'Hooverflags'
  • When people used cardboard to fix holes in their shoes it was called 'Hooverleather'
  • Herbert Hoover was the 31st president of the United States. He served one term, from 1929 to 1933. After the 1929 stock market crash, the Hoover administration attempted relieve the negative effects of the Great Depression but was unable to significantly improve the economy.
  • Hoovervilles continued to form coast to coast after president Hoover's response that had failed to help the economy. Over 15 million people were unemployed and over 2 million people were living in shanty towns or 'Hoovervilles'.
  • The election took place against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Incumbent Republican President Herbert Hoover was defeated in a landslide by Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Governor of New York. Despite poor economic conditions, Hoover faced little opposition at the 1932 Republican National Convention.
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