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Unemployed from Jarrow during their Hunger march to London Date: October 1936

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Crusade Hunger Jarrow Marching Protest Unemployed Unemployment 1936


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This poignant photograph captures the spirit of determination and desperation among the Jarrow Crusade, a group of unemployed men from Jarrow, England, during their historic hunger march to London in October 1936. Amidst the backdrop of the Great Depression, which had left many communities in Britain destitute, these men set out on a 300-mile journey to raise awareness of the dire living conditions and unemployment in their town. The Jarrow Crusade, led by local Labour Party MP Ellen Wilkinson, began on September 20, 1936, with 200 men setting out from Jarrow. Along the way, they were joined by thousands of supporters, and by the time they reached London on October 2, their numbers had swelled to over 2,500. The marchers carried coffins symbolizing the deaths that had occurred due to poverty and unemployment in Jarrow. The group met with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to present a petition with 180,000 signatures, urging the government to create employment opportunities in their town. Although the march did not result in immediate action, it brought national attention to the plight of the unemployed and galvanized public support for social welfare programs. This photograph, taken during the march, shows a group of men carrying a coffin, their faces etched with fatigue and resolve. The image is a powerful reminder of the human cost of economic hardship and the indomitable spirit of those who refuse to give up in the face of adversity.

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