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With rampant unemployment and decreasing wages, Americans cut back their expenses. The fortunate few could survive by canceling vacations and buying fewer consumer goods. Middle and working-class Americans might buy groceries on credit, ignore utility bills, or skip meals. People with well-off relatives borrowed money from them. Others allowed boarders to live in their homes or shared living space in tenements. The most desperate people had no jobs and no alternative means of support. Some of these people lived on public or marginal lands in “Hoovervilles,” spontaneous shantytowns that dotted America’s cities. They stood in bread lines for sustenance and peddled junk on street corn