The 1930s in America were a decade of economic hardship. Many people were out of work, and business was poor for people who did have jobs. Families across the nation did not have enough money for food and housing. It began with the stock market crash in October 1929, and continued until the 1940s when World War II created a high demand for wartime materials and created millions of new jobs.

There are many stories that are set during this era. Often, they follow the main character through hardships caused by the Great Depression. One of the most well-known stories is the Broadway musical Annie. This Pathfinder introduces a variety of novels set during the Depression, as well as providing resources for learning more about this difficult time in American history.