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What it was like to be poor unemployed and homeless in 1930s USA For an American to go without food for more than a day to us seems unimaginable The country that so many see as the world leader today has not always been as strong though Less than 70 years ago many poor homeless and unemployed Americans were starving to death What they went through could be compared to some of the less well off nations today To begin to understand the plight of the poor homeless and unemployed American of the depression I will place an average Melbourne family into that situation To begin with take away the house Banks reclaimed a large number of houses of those who could not keep up the repayments If this is a lucky family they may have a car to sleep in Usually this car is a battered old Ford or Chevy the car doesnt go very well That doesnt matter though because they probably cant afford petrol anyway The family will then have to beg for food for dinner If they are too proud to beg they will try to sell apples or other items on the sidewalls if they still have nothing to eat they will queue for many hours in bread lines organised by the city charities This family will most likely live from their car or move into one of the Hoovervilles In this Hooverville they will live like many other families in a house made from packing cases and corrugated iron Disease is rife here and few are able to get medical help There is however no shortage of water When it rains it comes under the walls and through the roof drenching everything inside News travels slowly amongst the poor most people hear what is going on in the world by word of mouth Or by reading a week old paper that they are using to stop their
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