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        Montana Mosaic: Youth of the 1930s - Work and Recreation

        The particular effect of the Great Depression was especially troublesome for children at that time.  This was really the first time that child developmentalists and child psychologists could observe firsthand how the prolonged effects of an economic downturn on children.  Fathers left home to seek work elsewhere, leaving many single-parent households.  As a result, the New Deal had many programs designed specifically for youth – both educational and social - in an effort to offset the social changes that the economy was wreaking on families, schools, and communities.

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