Essay On The Great Depression In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Maycomb was a “tired old town...there was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see...”, The Great Depression affected many people. Maycomb is an example, showing how lives were and how many would be for the rest of their lives. One event at the beginning of the Depression was the stock market crash. People were introduced to something called margins and something called credit. Once the stock market crashed all their money they had disappeared. Those who got their money out of the bank in time didn’t have enough to survive the long period. Banks eventually closed because they couldn’t give everyone their money. In Maycomb, many people didn’t have a bunch of money. They had just enough…show more content…
The Dust was the name given to the period of which multiple dust storms hit America. This ruined any chances for a farmer to grow and sell their crops. The dust consumed houses all over the land. Anyone who was poor and tried to grow their own crops could not. Dust storms frequently hit and destroyed anything in its way. Many people had to make shelters out of resources they had or could find. Some people didn’t have any clothes that could be worn again so they made their clothes out of flour sacks. With no food to grow and no money to buy food there came…show more content…
Some characters in the book had a nice shelter and had a food supply, but others didn’t know when they would eat again. Also, many of the kids didn’t have a decent home and were not able to bathe often. Their parents didn’t have jobs except a few families. In Maycomb there was racial segregation, not as bad as other places, but blacks were not completely welcome in the south. Maycomb didn’t experience the Dust Bowl as bad as other places but not all the farms there were producing. The Great Depression was a series of tragedies all at the same time period. Starvation and the stock market crash is what it is most known for but what many people don’t realize is that it affected everyone in every way, leaving America with an
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