Even today, when the 1930s are mentioned, most people immediately think of the Great Depression. Few Americans who lived through those years remained unaffected by the experience. In the March issue, we take a look at this decade that was marked by severe unemployment and difficult economic times. Read the true story of a how one family survived. Learn why the stock market crashed and how it became one of the first targets of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's reforms. See how FDR took action and set the federal government on a course to be more involved than ever before in citizens' lives. Learn how people managed to eat even when they could not afford to buy food. Discover how some children took to the railways in search of food and shelter and how Americans tried to have fun during those dark years. Test your Depression slang knowledge and your ability to write in hobo code.
Visit the National Heritage Museum's on-line exhibition, "http://www.nationalheritagemuseum.org/Default.aspx?tabid=405" target="new">Teenage Hoboes in the Great Depression: Materials from the Uys Family Collection, for more great information on what life was like for some teens during the Great Depression.