Apparently, according to Russian researcher Boris Borisov, famine during the Great Depression in 1931 – 1932 in America killed over 7 million Americans.
The researcher, Boris Borisov, in his article titled “The American Famine” estimated the victims of the financial crisis in the US at over seven million people. The researcher also directly compared the US events of 1932-1933 with Holodomor, or Famine, in the USSR during 1932-1933.
In the article, Borisov used the official data of the US Census Bureau. Having revised the number of the US population, birth and date rates, immigration and emigration, the researcher came to conclusion that the United States lost over seven million people during the famine of 1932-1933.
“According to the US statistics, the US lost not less than 8 million 553 thousand people from 1931 to 1940. Afterwards, population growth indices change twice instantly exactly between 1930-1931: the indices drop and stay on the same level for ten years. There can no explanation to this phenomenon found in the extensive text of the report by the US Department of Commerce “Statistical Abstract of the United States,” the author wrote. Famine killed 7 million people in USA
I’ve never seen published data on how many people died in the Great Depresssion. All the news clips I’ve seen and read, including the movie, “The Grapes of Wrath” never state how bad it was.
Wikipedia apparently deleted the article and a quick search on Google did not turn it up either.
I would guess that another famine here would kill many more people then this. Our oil dependency and widely distributed and highly increased population base, city density, loss of knowledge and loss of farmland, topsoil, drought, etc., would make this much worse (including multiple climate change effects, it’s now flooding here for example).
Nobody knows what the number might be and it depends on whose estimate you are inclined to believe, but mine is in the range of 200,000,000+ from all the effects leading to (unnatural) death combined.