The Great Depression of the 1930s would bring incalculable hardship to thousands of Floridians of all races. Actually, the state’s economy had been in constant decline since the late twenties when the excessive speculation of the land boom led to a spectacular “bust,” aided in no small part by a pair of devastating hurricanes occurring only two years apart. Thus, the southernmost state preceded the nation into the economic abyss. As is generally true in such periods of national economic decline, ethnic and linguistic minorities bore the brunt of unemployment and privation. In Florida, one of the groups most adversely affected by hard times was the Seminole Indian population.
Kersey, Jr., Harry A.
"Federal Schools and Acculturation Among the Florida Seminoles, 1927-1954,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 59
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol59/iss2/5