The great depression made a major impact on the lives of the people that lived through it. One group of people that is often overlooked are children that lived during that time period. When the parents lost their jobs the responsibility the parent once held was put on the children of the families to contribute to the income of the home. Because of this in the great depression “two-fifths of children were employed in part time jobs” (Elder 65). In Glen Elder’s book Children of the Great Depression: Social Change in Life Experience he discusses how the depression affected those children in their later lives. Vonnie McLoyd discusses in the book Child Development that black families are more likely to face poverty in America and the effects that poverty has on those children. McLoyd states that children that have faced poverty in their lives can have “impaired socioemotional functioning” (McLoyd 311). As a result from job loss creating parental stress, parents often become …show more content…
We now know that there are long-term effects on children whose families face economic depression. If the know this information and study these effects we can help combat the effects of poverty on children. Whether that be in a school or church setting there are things that adults can do to help fight the effects. The book Children of the Great Depression: Social Change in Life Experience was found through the article used it the Rhetorical Analysis paper which was a review of the book. For the second source the library has a plethora of database, after finding the one’s for child development, the terms children, great depression, and racism were typed into the search box which resulted the finding of the source by Vonnie Mcloyds called “Impact of Economic Hardships on Black Families and Children: Psychological Distress, Parenting, and Socioemotional Development” which was included in the book Child
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The author of the section I chose to discuss in this journal name is Cynthia Crosson-Tower. This portion of the chapter describes how a child’s environment can guide and mold their path and journey in life(Crosson-Tower, 2017). One interesting thing she wrote was that a kid that has been faced poverty in any portion of their life triples the chance that they will remain underprivileged up to the age 30 contrary to kids not underprivileged. The author adds that the lengthier of the time a kid experience such underprivileged life the greater the risk they will experience in their adulthood. Another point the writer mentions is that money is not the only concern, things such as being worried about their necessities being achieved.
The Great Depression had a very negative effect on young children scarring them for life. Ninety-nine percent of children in coal mining areas were underweight. Children were starved, forced to move a lot, or had to live with complete strangers just to get by. However, this insane lifestyle hurt these people into adulthood with some of them becoming pack rats or even drug addicts. While some children were unaffected by the Depression, others were starving, working to support their families, and missing an early education during the most important times of their lives.
Imagine that one day you’re living a life of average or good wealth, good job, and, great homes. Then just imagine that all of a sudden all of that is taken away from you in an instant. You are then left with nothing now roaming these poor American streets in desperate hope of jobs. Unfortunately, events like this did happen in real life and many real Americans had to live with this economic nightmare. The United States suffered one of it’s biggest economic depression from 1929 to 1939 which was known as the Great Depression.
The Great Depression was a worldwide economic slump that affected people of all sorts. In the United States, the unemployment rose to an all time high of 25% in 1933. These were desperate times, and desperate measures were taken just so you could get by. Because of these desperate measures, the culture of the country changed. As Lawrence Friedman put it, “Poverty and social disorganization were eating away at the country’s social fabric.”.
On October 29, 1929 the Stock Market crashed in the United States. The years to follow were full of desperation and despair. Most Americans suffered greatly but two groups that were hit in similar and very different ways were African Americans and white people in America. Although the Great Depression may have brought some people together that was not the case for these two groups. African Americans and white people experienced the Great Depression in similar ways but also in different ways because of racial inequalities partly to do with everyone’s desperation to find work, this caused a divide in America.
Could you imagine living in a world with limited electricity, food, water, and other daily necessities? This is the kind of world people had to live in during the Great Depression. The Great Depression was a dark period of time in which the economy collapsed. Many people lost their jobs and money, but the government tried to give hope. To lead off, the Great Depression put millions out of work.
“The Great Depression” was the word that everyone was too afraid to acknowledge but still came lurking in minds as stomachs growled and bills came along. The great depression affected millions of families but one family in specific caught my eye, the Grondowskis. You would assume that as times got harder, a family’s bond would get stronger, this was not the case with this family. Mary(the mother) works hard ironing clothes all day so her family can eat, meanwhile Stefan(the father) stands in the endless unemployment lines attempting to get a job. Joey and Josh are the sons of Mary and Stefan, Josh is fifth teen and Joey is ten.
I viewed Frontline a documentary series, which episode was entitled Poor Kids. The frontline personnel spent time with three children Kailey, Johnny, and Britany along with their families as they all struggle financially. We perceive a glimpse of what it is like to live below the poverty line in America through a child’s eyes. While observing the documentary, I became consciously aware that children who are considered poor or living below the poverty line were more mindful of the responsibilities of life. The children were worrisome of the lack of employment for their parents, bills, and in Britney’s case; how they would accommodate their way of living to support a new addition to the family.
In the late 1920s, a culmination of factors, both foreign and domestic, led many American families into unemployment and poverty. The Great Depression was a time of widespread poverty and forced migration, as it was common for young children to beg for money and search trash cans for food. Accordingly, different geographical regions were impacted more than others, which divided Americans. The economy experienced a greater wealth imbalance than ever before, as a small portion of Americans controlled an disproportionate percentage of the nation’s wealth. Additionally, the unemployment rate reached an all time high, with a quarter of Americans unable to find employment, further establishing socioeconomic divide.
In 2015, the Pew Research Center had found that while over fifty percent of White, Asian, and Latinos are residing in households with two married parents, only thirty-one percent of blacks are living with two married parents. Compared to other races, a majority of Blacks don’t have the same stability, and this can negatively impact them in many ways including financially. But at some point in their lives will also come negligence because of the lack of their other parent. In addition to the fact that they have already lost one parent already, they will also lose the emotional support from their remaining parent, who is more likely to be more focused on earning enough money. Parenting drastically influences who we become as people; and when they are not present or responsible, this takes a toll on students and affects not only their education, but
There are many open wounds in the African-American community that have not healed what so ever. Disintegration of family structures in the African-American community has been a persistent problem for far too long. High out of wedlock birth rates, absent fathers, and the lack of a family support network for many young African-Americans have led to serious problems in America's urban areas. The persistence of serious social problems in inner-city areas has led to a tragic perpetuation of racial prejudice as well. African Americans still face a litany of problems in the 21st century today.
The Great Depression was a time of little hope and small dreams. Much of what happened forced young children out of their world out of their world into the adult world. I’ve also had to step up into the vast realm of the adult world. During the Great Depression many kids had to step up and begin acting like adults.
Would you agree that avarice is defined as an excessive or insatiable desire for wealth or gain and is directly related to the severe recession in economy during the 1930s. Well, the Great Depression was a time of great economic crisis that began in the United States but later went across much of the world. The event that traced a path for it was the crash of the stock market in October of 1929. President Hoover was the president during this time and there were nearly 2,080,000 people unemployed in US as well. Later on, Franklin D. Roosevelt takes the lead after promising a “New Deal” hoping to improve the situation.
Facing this severe amount of loss is not an easy task for the public to face, and many could not bear it all together. Going from having a very decent life to basically fighting tooth and nail to keep your home is a tough concept to fathom for most of America today, but it was the reality. An essay by Robert J. Hastings, “Digging In”, perfectly paints the mindset of his family and most of public in regards to what they had to give up. In this dissertation, Hastings writes about how the state of the economy was and that they gave up whatever possible: “With no dependable income, we cut back on everything possible… turned off city water… sold our Model T Ford…”. Perhaps his feelings toward cutting back are a little softer in retrospect, but picturing what was then lacking in homes completes the perspective on the Great Depression itself.
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