Demonstrate for Adequate Cash Relief, Chicago, 1936

Illinois Workers Alliance
Graham Taylor Papers, Box 42, Folder 2090, Oversize, Illinois Workers Alliance of Cook County, Newberry Library.

American workforce was unemployed. Many struggled alone, feeling isolated and disempowered. In Chicago and other large industrial cities, unemployed councils gave voice to the frustrations of the victims of the Depression. Often organized by radicals, the councils demanded increases in relief payments, fought evictions, and illegally turned on gas and electric supplies to poor families cut off by utility companies. The Chicago Commons settlement house worked with the Socialist Party affiliated Illinois Workers Alliance to protest a reduction in relief payments.

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