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How the New Deal Left Out African-Americans

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How the New Deal Left Out African-Americans

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During the Great Depression, unemployment among African-Americans was twice that of whites - mostly due to segregation. One rare opportunity came on the Pullman sleeper trains, where most of the porters were black.


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During the turbulent 1930s the stock market crash sent the United States into a tailspin of violence and disorder. As one president flounders, another offers a New Deal, putting America back to work and reshaping the landscape in the process. Revisit a decade when our nation was pushed to its limits and fought its way through, presented like it's never been seen before -- in color. From the end of Prohibition to the start of bold projects and from Dust Bowl nightmares to Technicolor Hollywood dreams, it's the '30s as only few have seen them.

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