Demography of the Great Depression: Size and Composition 1930–1950

  • Richard R. Verdugo
Part of the Applied Demography Series book series (ADS, volume 10)


The Great Depression was a brutal time in American history. Unemployment soared, millions were impoverished, the economy had tanked, and over 9000 banks closed. Oppositional groups among the working class emerged. Communist groups also emerged and challenged the Capitalist paradigm, as did rising unionism. A common mantra during the period was “Fight—Don’t Starve” (Piven and Cloward 1977; Luce 2017; Smith 2002).


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  • Richard R. Verdugo
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  1. 1.OdessaUkraine

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