Kostandin Valle Mr. Zoellner English Language Arts II 26 August 2015 The Devastating Effects of the Great Depression Throughout life, many people go through some type of devastating or traumatic event that can change their lives forever. For the American people of the early to mid 1930’s, the Great Depression was one of these events. The Great Depression caused a major impact on all of America and affected the economy, the government, as well as the personal life of many Americans.
The Great Depression was a huge tragedy that took millions of people in the U.S. out of work. It was the biggest economic fall in America's history. The story “Digging In” by Robert J. Hastings, the video “Growing up in the Great Depression”, and the poem “Debts” by Karen Hesse showed the problems people encountered during the Great Depression. It affected people negatively by making the prices raise and people made less money so it was hard for them to pay their rent or bills. Also, many people were unemployed and did not have enough money to get food.
The great depression was a very hard time for almost all Americans. In 1930 there were 5 million people unemployed and it was up to 13 million by the end of 1932 in America. Almost all of America was classified as poor and didn’t have a living wage and most of America was falling apart. The three most impactful reasons that the Great Depression happened in the United States was because of the stock market crash, unregulated banking institutions, and overextension of credit/excess consumerism.
During this time period, the stock market would not have been affordable for the average person and would be considered a luxury. Normal Americans would have to buy stocks on loan if they wanted to invest. Buying stocks on loan is a form of credit, as you would be taking money out of the banks with the understanding that you would need to pay it back later. The uneven distribution of wealth was another major
In 1929, the U.S. was hit with the worst economic crisis in the history of the country, the Great Depression. The Great Depression left millions of people unemployed and cost millions their life's savings. The Depression lasted for ten long years for the American people. Since the Great Depression ended, people have studied it, trying to figure out what happened that started it all. The problem was, in fact, the poor economic habits of the people at the time, such as speculation, income maldistribution, and overproduction.
The Great Depression The Great Depression was by far one of the worst times of America’s history, and the world’s history. The Depression affected everyone except for the politicians and the wealthy. During the depression a lot of people lost their jobs which caused the unemployment rate to sky rocket to 14% of America’s population was unemployed, and the number would stay their till World War 2, and the depression started in the 1920’s. Middle class workers were hit the hardest in the depression. Most of the middle class citizens lost their jobs.
The Great Depression was the worst economic downturn in the history of the world. It began in the United States when the stock market crashed in October 1929. Everybody was sent into a panic and millions of investors were wiped out. Unemployment levels began to rise after consumer spending and investment dropped, while stock prices continued to increase. Companies started to lay off their workers, and soon nearly thirteen to fifteen million people in America were without jobs.
The Great DepressionTopic: the great depressionQuestion: How did the great depression affect americans?Thesis statement:The great depression affected americans because it destroyed their economy. Millions of families lost theirs savings as many banks collapsed in the 1930’s. The Great Depression was the worst economic drop of all times in the industrial world1. The Great Depression began because of a stock market crash in 1929 and came to end ten years later in 1939, around 15 million americans were unemployed and about half of the American banks failed. It was one of the darkest era in the United States.
The Great Depression was the worst collapse in American economic history. Most people believe that it was caused by a crash in the stock market, but that’s not all. The culture and events that occurred after the Great War and the 20’s resulted in the crash. Many people fell into debt and lost their houses and became poor. People that once thought they had everything had nothing.
The Great Depression of 1929 was one of America’s most influential downfalls that crippled society for years. The depression caused many years of failure and poverty for almost all of society. The government’s role during these times was crucial and critical for turning around the economy. The depression had a major effect on government’s power and involvement with the people and states. The government was less involved before the depression.
In what ways did the Great Depression affect the American people? After a decade of economic prosperity, what seemed like an era that defined the concept of the American dream, quickly came to an end when the stock market on Wall Street collapsed in 1929. The aftermath of the events that occurred on Wall Street would put its heavy mark on the years to follow among the citizens of the United States. Banks closed down, unemployment rose and homelessness increased. It was a widespread national catastrophe that had its impacts on both poor and rich.
The Great Depression was a devastating period in United States History, the economy collapsed, and a staggering 25% of the population was unemployed. During this time, there were large wage disparity gaps that were very prevalent, there was no middle class, you were either wealthy or you were poor. It was hard for family life to continue, parents had to take up two and three jobs to make sure their kids were staying safe, and well. Most of these jobs were odd-jobs, and were temporary with no sense of security. It was a struggle to find work, and no job was too demeaning for you to do, because you may not find work again.
During the Great Depression the unemployment rate went up, they were forced to eat at soup kitchens or go through garbage cans for food, and they even had to build shelter out of cardboard. The first underlying cause of the Great Depression was underconsumption and overproduction. Many things contributed to the underconsumption of goods. The production line kept producing goods even when people could not afford to buy them.
The Great Depression was an austere economic depression that began in the late 1920’s and spanned until the late 1930’s. It was the longest and most widespread economic downturn in the history of America. It was characterized by the devastating effects it had on the United States. Personal incomes, tax revenues, profits and prices dropped, while international trade plummeted by more than 50% and unemployment rose to 25%. People all over the country were all impacted by this prolonged recession.