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The Great Depression was difficult for all Americans, but it was particularly tough for minority groups and women. African Americans struggled because many of them already lived in difficult circumstances. As a retired African American worker told an interviewer, “The Negro was born in depression. It didn’t mean too much to him. The Great American Depression . . . only became official when it hit the white man.” Even prior to the Great Depression, African Americans were often so poor that the economic downturn was more apparent to whites than it was to black people. Still, African Americans experienced great hardships during the Great Depression because of discrimination against t