Great Depression, 1930 ( Photo courtesy Chicago Herald and Examiner ) A young woman buys an apple from an unemployed veteran on South Wells Street in 1930. With the onset of the Great Depression, unemployment hit 25 percent nationally.
Archibald Motley, Jr., Harlem Renaissance artist, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1891. His family moved to Chicago and they settled in the Englewood neighborhood on the city's Southside. He attended Englewood High School and played on the football team. After graduating from high school in 1914, Motley attended Chicago's Art Institute. By 1925, his artistic works enjoyed a national reputation.