Objects & Places from Hard Times; an Oral History of the Great Depression

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Works Progress Administration

This government organization created large building projects to create work.

National Recovery Administration

This government organization allowed larger governmental regulation of the economy until the Supreme Court determined the it was unconstitutional.

The Bonus March

This movement was removed from Washington, DC by soldiers with tear gas, bludgeons, and bayonets.

The Wagner Act

This legislation ensured the ability of workers to unionize by restraining employer ability to fire, intimidate, or persecute employees for union involvement.

American Federation of Labor

This was the dominant national workers' organization before the Depression.

Congress of Industrial Organizations

This organization was formed as a more radical alternative to the compromised AFL.

The Wobblies

This movement was often accused of being Communists, though it had no affiliation with the American Communist Party.

Hoovervilles

These were large shanty-towns of itinerants that cropped up throughout the United States during the Great Depression.

Unemployment Councils

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