Kam Brian


Great Depression, unemployment, Wayne County, Alta Albrecht


Utah was severely affected by the Great Depression of the 1930's. Unemployment soared and thousands were forced to turn to the government for assistance. Yet, Wayne county, a small area in south central Utah was able to escape many of the devastating effects brought on by the failing economy. The residents of this isolated county eluded much of the despair and disillusionment felt throughout the country at this time. Alta Albrecht, a life-long resident of Wayne County, recalls the period like this, "People didn't have much, they didn't know the difference. They didn't expect much, but they were happy people."