Great Depression

Great Depression

Dorothea Lange: the photographer who found the faces of the depression

The Great Depression is a time in United States history during which a large number of people were unemployed. A lot of businesses failed because people did not have money to buy anything. The Great Depression started when stock market prices began to fall on September 4, 1929 and then crashed on October 29, 1929, also known as Black Tuesday. The Great Depression lasted through the middle of the 1930s.

Dorothea Lange was a photojournalist. A photojournalist is someone who takes photos to tell a story. Dorothea is well known for her photographs of people during The Great Depression, many of them poor and unemployed. Her pictures made the experience of the Depression personal by giving it a face. In Dorothea Lange the Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression you can learn about how her photos told the stories of the people who lived at a very challenging time.

The websites and books on this page will help you learn even more about what life was like during The Great Depression. It was a very hard time but many, many people who lived through it remember it fondly as a time when families and friends helped each other and relied on each other for even basic needs Spartan Blue Radiolike food and shelter. To give you a start looking at what life was like back than, here are some Depression era Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Spartan Blue Bird Radio – “Radio was the most important source of news and entertainment in a 1930s home, but few Americans could afford a rare blue-mirror radio during the Great Depression. In 1936, designer Walter Dorwin Teague created this streamlined Moderne or Deco styleradio with the idea that an object’s appearance is as important as its technology.”

Websites, Activities & Printables:

U.S. History in Context: Great Depression is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about the Great Depression.​


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NoveList K-8: Stories about the Great Despression is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read set in the time of the Great Depression. Click on “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.


Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

CrashThe Great DepressionBlack Tuesday and the Great DepressionThe Great DepressionThe Boys in the BoatMigrant MotherChildren of the Dust BowlThe Great Depression for KidsThe Great American Dust BowlVoices of the Dust BowlMoon Over ManifestA Long Way From ChicagoBud Not BuddyOut of the DustTurtle in ParadiseRoll of Thunder Hear My CryFull of BeansThe Storm in the BarnNext Year Hope in the Dust

Indiana Books:

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