Great Depression Mini-Documentary
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.