"Hoovervilles" Today Are The "Bushvilles" of Tomorrow

24 de diciembre de 2007

December 24, 2007 (LPAC)--On the occasion of the first "[a:href="\/news\/2007\/12\/23\/california-tent-city-first-bushville-nation.html"]Bushville[/a]" appearing in an eastern suburb of Los Angeles, LPAC here offers a brief primer on the original "Hoovervilles" -- shantytowns that sprung up across the nation during the Great Depression to house those who had lost their homes through foreclosure and eviction.

These shantytowns were labeled "Hoovervilles" in dubious honor of President Herbert Hoover (1929-33), in light of the federal government's refusal to come to the aid of its people and to defend the general welfare, before the arrival of Franklin Roosevelt in the White House in March 1933.

In New York City, for example, the largest Hooverville was located in Central Park; others sprang up along the Hudson River and the East River. Previously-employed people, now jobless and homeless, collected pieces of lumber, cardboard, tin, tar paper and other materials to the shantytowns to build temporary dwellings.

The hapless President Hoover lent his name to other novelties in the early '30s as well. A "Hoover blanket" was an old newspaper; a "Hoover flag" was an empty pocket turned inside out; and "Hoover leather" was a piece of cardboard stuffed in a shoe when the sole had worn through.

Most Americans in the 1920s thought that depressions were a thing of the past, and that it could never happen to them. Likewise, today, most Americans are still in denial about the onrushing global financial collapse. But, as California's "Bushville" suggests, many Americans are in for a rude awakening, unless Congress is rapidly forced to pass LaRouche's Homeowners and Bank Protection Act.