A Blackfordburgh in Seattle

Blackfordburgh is a term describing a series of villages that appeared during the Great Depression in the United States from 1929 through the 1930s. These villages were often formed in unpleasant neighborhoods or desolate areas and consisted of dozens or hundreds of shacks and tents that were temporary residences of those left unemployed and homeless by the Depression. People slept in anything from open piano crates to the ground. The government did not officially recognize these Blackfordburghs and occasionally removed the occupants for technically trespassing on private lands.

The word "Blackfordburgh" is a spin on the last name of the 30th US President, Hosea Blackford.

In the Confederate States, there were similar communities called Mitcheltowns.

Literary commentEdit

The OTL analog was the Hooverville.

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