In the depths of the Great Depression, Ford Motor Company laid off 75% of it’s work force with no relief of any kind. This was in an era before Unemployment Insurance or Social Security, the unemployed were now cold and hungry and attempting to survive one of the bitterest winters of the time. In response to these conditions, on 7 March, thousands of unemployed auto workers walked in freezing temperatures to the Ford Motor Company plant in Dearborn, Michigan. It what was billed as ‘The Great Hunger March’, unemployed workers carried signs reading “Give Us Work, “We Want Bread Not Crumbs”, and “Tax the Rich and Feed the Poor”. They were met at the gate by tear gas, fire hoses, and gun fire. 60 people were wounded and four were killed.