Hunger March women prepare to board truck: 1932

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    Women participating in the Hunger March demanding unemployment insurance and a jobs program board a truck to return to their camp after gaining access to the U.S. Capitol during the demonstration December 5, 1932.

    The second Hunger March sponsored by the Unemployed Councils found a slightly more favorable reception than the previous march after the rout of President Herbert Hoover and the Republicans in the election of 1932. Elected leaders or their designees met with delegations of the marchers and many visited their camp.

    A government relief system had broad and sweeping support among the population with Wisconsin passing legislation in 1932, followed by California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Utah and Washington before the federal act passed in 1935.

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    The photographer is unknown. The image is an auction find.

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