The Great Depression Hits Indiana County

  • Local Politicians, Business Leaders, and Unemployed Workers Respond to the Economic Disaster of the 1930s

    The Great Depression

    The effects of the collapse of Wall Street in 1929 sent shock waves throughout the nation's economy, including the local economy in Indiana County Pennsylvania. In response, many different approaches were initially pursued by local authorities, including free market initiatives, volunteerism, and public and private relief efforts. But, as the economic depression deepened in 1931 and 1932, it became clear to many that these strategies were inadequate. Unemployed workers began to question the legitimacy of the policies coming out of Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg and eventually organized a countywide unemployed workers group that put forth their own ideas for seeking a remedy to the crisis.

    Join Dr. Jim Dougherty, director of IUP's Center for Northern Appalachian Studies and an assistant professor of Sociology, who will present his research on how national, state, and local officials responded to the Great Depression in Indiana County. All members of the public are invited to attend this free lecture on Wednesday, October 4, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor reading area of the Indiana Free Library, 845 Philadelphia Street.

    For more information, call (724) 465-8841.