Hooverville

[hoo-ver-vil]
noun
a collection of huts and shacks, as at the edge of a city, housing the unemployed during the 1930s.

Origin:
H. Hoover + -ville, suffix in place names (< French: city < Latin; see villa)

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Hoovervilles definition


The encampments of the poor and homeless that sprang up during the Great Depression. They were named with ironic intent after President Herbert Hoover, who was in office when the depression started.

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Thrown out of their homes, the unemployed and poor moved into hoovervilles.
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