Hope for a New Age

Real People Real Stories

First Grade 1933 Council Bluffs Iowa Ben Franklin Elementary School
Council Bluffs Iowa

These children attended first grade in 1933 during the Great Depression.  Even though money, food and jobs were scarce, they still obtained an eduction.  When they graduated from high school, the Depression lifted as the United States entered World War II. Then came rationing to support the war.  After the war, they created the American middle-class: home ownership rose, poverty declined.   Later in life, these children would be known as the Greatest Generation: resourceful, humble, hearty.  Not only did they survive enormous challenges of economic disparity and war, they created a prosperous society.  These first graders were our greatest hope for a new age.  And they still are.

So, if any one has information or knows the story of a child in this photo, please share the story.

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