Unhealthy living conditions and shabby slum and tenement housing areas near industrial factories in Great Depression.
United States USA Date:1939 Duration:3 min 26 sec Sound:Yes
Unhealthy living conditions and shabby conditions of people in blue collar slums in the U.S. Factories and industrial areas emit smoke, smog, and pollution from smokestacks in the early morning, as children ascend a set of wooden steps in foreground. Piles of trash outside a residential slum area of factory and coal workers. Landscape of crowded shacks and industrial factories clouded with smog. Children play on wooden walkways and railings near shacks. A boy slides down a railing standing up. Sad looking girl looks on. A little boy in overalls has his hands in his pockets and a sad, blank expression on his face. A train passes by on an overhead trestle a few feet away from simple shack homes. Women and children live in unhealthy conditions during Great Depression. Group of children scamper and run over railroad tracks. Shabby children in the dilapidated slum area. A woman watches them. Fast approaching locomotive train speeds toward camera and passes by. After train passes, a boy races back onto the track area to fetch something there. Many scenes of muddy dirt roads, slums, shacks, and factory mills. A man loads coal pieces into a hand bucket and limps back toward a shack, as his right leg has a prosthetic. Negro man brushes chickens away from doorway of wooden shack and enters front door. Woman empties wash basin out front porch as dog looks on. Children ascend wooden steps in tenement complex. Children play with a puppy dog. Glum looking sad boy and girl children stare forward. Woman hands laundry from line as boy walks by and enters outhouse. Man smoking pipe draws water from a hand pump. Elderly woman hangs wash on line. Man returns home carrying lunch box. Young woman and old man and old woman each pump water. Man stands at table with wash basin and soap, and scrubs dirt off hands and face after work. Overweight woman cooks food at a coal stove, adds coal and stirs. Smoke from brick chimney. Black smoke from large steam shovel crane and smoke pollution from railroad trains in marshaling yards.
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