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Children with placards at a communist rally in Philadelphia, PA, January 14, 1933.
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Children with placards at a communist rally in Philadelphia, PA. January 14, 1933.

Credit: (┬ęCORBIS/Bettmann) Donated by Corbis-Bettmann.

As the Great Depression dragged on, a growing number of Pennsylvanians sought solutions to their plight outside of the major political parties. In the early 1930s, Philadelphians in the American Communist party staged a number of public demonstrations to draw attention to the plight of the poor and unemployed.

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