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Glossary Term – Place
Hoovervilles were crude camps built from salvaged materials. They were usually located at the edges of cities and occupied by homeless families and drifters during the Great Depression. Named for President Herbert Hoover, Hoovervilles came to symbolize the Depression and the government’s failure to provide relief.
Why Documents Matter: An Interactive Digital Edition is a selection of primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection curated and annotated for K–12 classrooms.
Curator of the Gilder Lehrman Collection, Sandra Trenholm, describes documents in the Neta Snook Collection, including letters and photographs of Amelia Earhart. Biographer Susan Butler (East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart) offers additional insight into Earhart's life and her ill-fated final flight.