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In the 1930s, workers around the country staged sit-down strikes to demand more favorable working conditions.

In the 1930s, workers around the country staged sit-down strikes to demand more favorable working conditions.

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

In the 1930s, workers around the country staged sit-down strikes to demand more favorable working conditions.

Images of the Era: 1913-1945

Most Americans greeted the 20th century with optimism. The early decades saw economic growth and the expansion of democracy as women gained the vote. But two world wars, the Great Depression, and the nuclear age later tested such confidence.