Bagger Vance and the Bhagavad Gita - STARVING PEOPLE

The U.S. National Archives and the Hoover Presidential Museum (HPM) maintain this photo (which was taken in 1932) on behalf of the U.S. government. HPM provides a description of the photo which “captures the anger and despair of Army veterans who had come to Washington in the summer of 1932 seeking a bonus for their service in World War I.”


As if the economic disaster were not enough, the American Midwest was hit with unprecedented drought. Food supplies were diminished as formerly fertile fields became dust bowls. And in the south, once-productive cotton fields were transformed into eroded wastelands.

Sometimes private parties offered cheap or free food. People stood in “bread lines” that stretched many blocks, only to be disappointed by the time it was "their turn." Food, in increasingly short supplies, was already gone. These were desperate times.

Before he became President, Herbert Hoover was the “United States Food Administrator.” Although he tried to distribute food throughout the country, as he had provided wheat to America’s allies during World War I, Hoover could not do his job the way he wanted to do it.

There simply wasn’t enough to go around.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 01, 2000

Updated Last Revision: Jun 24, 2019

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