Could Hoover Dam have been built if not for the unemployed as a result of the Great Depression?
We’re visiting Las Vegas this week and we decided to rent a car and visit Hoover Dam, which was well worth it in my opinion. But something struck me as we were touring the dam itself. It took thousands of men who were willing to work for $4 a day in order to build the dam in only a few years. There wasn’t a large local population to draw from so workers came from all parts of the US. The dam was built during the height of the Great Depression, so there was a large nationwide pool of unemployed people who were desperate for any job they could find.
Had the dam been built during the 1920’s, or the 1950’s, would there have been enough people to do the work, or did they need a depression to attract the workforce they needed to tackle a project this large?
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