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What were hoovervilles?


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September 29, 2013 12:46AM

The term "Hooverville" was a nickname for a shanty town of shacks and tents built by the homeless in the US during the Great Depression.

When Herbert Hoover took over the presidency in 1929, the Great Depression soon occurred. He didn't work fast enough to repair the economic damage and there were towns all over the country where unemployed people were reduced to having to live in tents and shacks. These towns were referred to as either "Hoovervilles" or "Shanty Towns."