170,000 iconic pictures of Depression-era America released by Yale (PHOTOS)

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Yale University has uncovered a real treasure trove: 170,000 photos of the Depression era from all over the US that tell a graphic story of people’s everyday lives and struggles.

The pictures date from 1935 to 1945, and are placed on the map of the US in the so-called Photogrammer, which allows users to click on each county nationwide.

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You can trace one of the most woeful decades in the US history, sorting the selection by photographers – some are legendary, such as Dorothy Lange and Walker Evans.

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Both of them worked for the Farm Security Administration, the body set up to help battle rural poverty.

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The photos are physically stored in the Library of Congress.

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The Great Depression was a tough time for the entire world community, marking the 1930s economic collapse.

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In the US in particular, unemployment reached 25 percent in 1933, with about 15 million people out of work. Thousands of banks and businesses went bankrupt.

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Drought and erosion forced many off their farms, while in the cities homelessness and hundreds standing in breadlines were a common sight.

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The Roosevelt government’s New Deal slowly helped the country deal with the crisis, providing citizens and businesses with work and welfare programs.

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