American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A crudely built camp put up usually on the edge of a town to house the dispossessed and destitute during the depression of the 1930s.
- From Herbert Hoover + -ville. (Wiktionary)
- After Herbert Clark Hoover. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If you’re unfamiliar with the term Hooverville, it is a hole dug into the ground where the dirt is piled around the edges, then scrap wood is put over the top and covered with more dirt.”
“Their "city" was known as "Hooverville," and the crowd was eventually dispersed by Gen. Douglas MacArthur in his role as chief of staff of the Army.”
“Give me a break, Hooverville is alive and well with Bush.”
“His only memorial in history is the word Hooverville to describe the slums and shanty towns created to house the unemployed, homeless and hopeless victims of the depression.”
“Seattle Times editorial columnist Bruce Ramsey recalls Hooverville”
“The last time our country followed Republican "Hooverville" mentality and stopped spending during a time of need, we ended up in the Great Depression.”
“Can you imagine the greater mess we would have if "Hooverville" Republicans had their way again?”
“What's particularly interesting about this mailer is that the "Hooverville," of course, was a symbol of government inaction in the face of the poverty and widespread misery of the Great Depression.”
“But the miseries of "Hooverville" don't seem to alter their blind consent much either.”
“There will be fewer hunger marches and 'Hooverville' shanty towns.”
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describing areas where the poor, unhomed and oppressed are found. Some of these didn't belong in miserable circumstances.
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