At nearly one mile long, the Golden Gate Bridge represents a triumph of engineering. But getting it financed shortly after the stock market crash of 1929 required a victory of a different sort. When the public failed to buy the bonds needed to fund the project, Bank of America stepped in and purchased $6 million worth, which kept this monumental undertaking afloat. The massive construction project proved a real shot in the arm for the local community in San Francisco by creating much-needed jobs. And when the bridge opened on May 27, 1937, it became a vibrant symbol of the American Dream. More than 70 years later, Bank of America still works to help communities in need by supporting organizations like the National Urban League.
Great Depression mini-documentary