Richard Cornelia will present an illustrated talk on The Great Depression on Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Library.

“Twin tragedies struck the United States in the 1930s,” said Cornelia in a news release, “The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Both were due to men’s greed and would result in a level of abject misery unprecedented in U.S. history. Unemployment reached 25 percent; 36 percent of banks failed; 750,000 farms were foreclosed; and children were seen to eat out of garbage cans. Can it happen again?”

The talk is part of the 1930s theme for the month at the Camden Public Library, including a celebration and commemoration of the Camden Amphitheatre, which was dedicated in 1931.

Cornelia continues, “Most people believe the Great Depression began in 1929, some think of it as a single-year collapse. The Great Depression was the dismal result of unbridled speculation that began years before the Great Crash of 1929. Speculation in Florida real estate, buying stock on thin margins, unscrupulous corporate business practices, these were some of the early causes that produced the Great Crash of the stock market beginning October 1929. The continuing collapse of the stock market ushered in the Great Depression that would reduce people’s lives to misery. It would not end until the run-up of World War II. There is a connectedness between the Great Depression and our lives today; the Great Depression is an unforgettable fiber in American life, and we came closer than many realize in re-living it starting in 2008. I hope this small lecture will serve as a much needed reminder of things that did happen and must never happen again.”