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The 1930s

America’s response to the unprecedented economic crisis that threatened the nation during one of history’s most tumultuous decades.

Films

  • The Civilian Conservation Corps poster image The Civilian Conservation Corps

    The Civilian Conservation Corps

    One of the most popular New Deal programs, the Civilian Conservation Corps put three million young men to work in the nation's forests and parks at the height of the Great Depression.

  • The Hurricane of '38 poster image The Hurricane of '38

    The Hurricane of '38

    Before radar had been invented a devastating hurricane hit America, surprising residents of the East Coast and killing more than 600 people.

  • Riding the Rails poster image Riding the Rails

    Riding the Rails

    At the height of the Great Depression, more than a quarter million teenagers were living on the road in America, many criss-crossing the country by illegally hopping freight trains. This film tells the story of ten of these teenage hobos — from the reasons they left home to what they experienced — all within the context of depression-era America.

  • Surviving the Dust Bowl poster image Surviving the Dust Bowl

    Surviving the Dust Bowl

    The story of the farmers who came to the Southern Plains of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas dreaming of prosperity, and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.

  • The Crash of 1929 poster image The Crash of 1929

    The Crash of 1929

    The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, ultimately leading to the Great Depression.

  • Seabiscuit poster image Seabiscuit

    Seabiscuit

    One of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history, Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.

  • Hoover Dam poster image Hoover Dam

    Hoover Dam

    During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, overcoming technical challenges to erect one of the greatest engineering works in history.