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The Great Depression in Seattle affected many minority groups, one being the Asian Pacific Americans; they were subject to racism, loss of property, and failed claims of unemployment due to citizenship status.The workers, mostly men, built roads, parks, dams, schools, railroads, bridges, docks, and even historical and archival record sites and buildings.Seattle has risen several times economically, then gone into precipitous decline, but it has typically used those periods to rebuild solid infrastructure.The first such boom, covering the early years of the city, rode on the lumber industry.Seattle’s eastern farm land faded due to Oregon’s and the Midwest’s, forcing people into town.The famous Hooverville arose during the Depression, leading to Seattle’s growing homeless population.(During this period the road now known as Yesler Way won the nickname "Skid Road", supposedly after the timber skidding down the hill to Henry Yesler's sawmill.
Growth after World War II was partially due to the local Boeing company, which established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing.
A movement by women arose from Seattle during the Depression.
Fueled by Eleanor Roosevelt’s book It’s Up to the Women, women pushed for recognition, not just as housewives, but as the backbone to family.
In 1855, nominal land settlements were established.
On January 14, 1865, the Legislature of Territorial Washington incorporated the Town of Seattle with a board of trustees managing the city.