icon for Home page
icon for Kid's Home page
icon for Digital Collection
icon for Activities
icon for Turns Exhibit
icon for In the Classroom
icon for Chronologies
icon for My Collection

Things To Do
Dress Up | 1st Person | African American Map | Now Read This | Magic Lens | In the Round | Tool Videos | Architecture | e-Postcards | Chronologies | Turns Activities

Send an E-Postcard of:
"Local Council of Unemployed Has 230 Members" article from the Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette newspaper

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
Contact us for information about using this image.

The Greenfield Council of the Unemployed was one town's response to the economic and social crisis of the Great Depression. Council members, who were unemployed, volunteered their labor on projects such as cutting firewood to be distributed to Greenfield, Massachusetts, citizens in need of home heating fuel. Female council members made clothing for the unemployed. The Council also coordinated the collection and distribution of donated goods to those in need. The Depression sparked a wide variety of voluntary and self-help efforts in communities because very few Federal or state programs to aide the increasing numbers of unemployed existed at the beginning of the Depression. These programs relieved pressure on local governments which, by the early 1930s, were already financially strapped.


top of page

Share this image with a friend.
Simply enter their e-mail address below and we'll send them this image in an e-mail greeting, along with a link to see the image on our site.

To E-Mail Address *
From E-Mail Address *
From Name

* = Required

button for Side by Side Viewingbutton for Glossarybutton for Printing Helpbutton for How to Read Old Documents


Home | Online Collection | Things To Do | Turns Exhibit | Classroom | Chronologies | My Collection
About This Site | Site Index | Site Search | Feedback