Due to the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the Great Depression began in the 1930s lasting 10 years.
Four to Five million Americans were out of work by 1931.
Immigrants such as Mexican Americans received resentment. “In Los Angeles they were accused of stealing jobs from ‘real’ Americans.”
This led to the Mexican Repatriation where those of Mexican ancestry were forced to leave the U.S. across the border, many deported against their will even after so many had been brought over to work just years earlier.
Unemployed men vying for jobs at the American Legion Employment Bureau in Los Angeles during the Great Depression