What were Hoovervilles?  

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Hoovervilles were shanty towns that poor, homeless people put up during the Great Depression so as to be able to have a place to live.  These shanty towns were named "Hoovervilles" after Herbert Hoover, who was the president of the United States for the first three years of the Depression.

During the Depression, many people felt that Pres. Hoover had not done enough to try to stop the Depression and help those who were hurt by it.  They blamed Hoover for their problems.  Because of this, when they lost their homes and had to live in these shanties, they named the shanty towns after him.

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