What do the 1930s mean to you? We invite you to tell us your own stories — whether you lived through the tumultuous decade or learned about it from a relative, a book or a movie. Comment on the decade as a whole, or on any of our 1930s film subjects:
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
A central figure in the narrative of how the west was won, Wyatt Earp and his story became an American legend. Part of the Wild West collection.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
The worldwide migration by eager gold-seekers turned California into a land of opportunity and fierce competition.
When an earthen dam broke without warning, a small city in Pennsylvania was swept away in a wall of water over 30 feet high.
The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.
In 1927, the Mississippi River flooded from New Orleans to Illinois, leaving a million people homeless and leading to a major black migration to the North.
The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.