Unemployed workers standing outside the State Capital, Harrisburg, PA, 1933.
flipFlip to Mother and children standing outside the entrance of their coke oven home, southwestern Pennsylvania, circa 1934.
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A group of protesting people stand on the capitol steps.

Credit: Courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s immigrant poor struggled to make ends meet during the worse years of the Great Depression. By 1933, the economic collapse transformed urban politics, and voting patterns, giving rise to the Democratic Party with its support of New Deal programs across Pennsylvania and the nation.

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