In the 1920s, the United States enjoyed unprecedented prosperity, and many people assumed that poverty would be eliminated entirely. However, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia noticed that as the stock market boomed so did unemployment. After the 1929 stock market crash, La Guardia called for federal aid and made public assistance a reality in New York City. 

LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College/ CUNY
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