Hunger marchers packing the balcony above the State Senate chambers, Harrisburg, PA, July 14, 1936.
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Hunger marchers packing the balcony.

Credit: Courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

In the summer of 1936 more than 2,000 protestors from eastern Pennsylvania counties descended on Harrisburg and occupied the capitol building, refusing to leave until the state legislature passed $100million in emergency appropriations for relief. When the state senate failed to do so, angry observers in the balcony booed and jeered, then lowered themselves by rope onto the floor of the senate, where state police attempted to push them out of doors.

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