During the next couple of months many people died due to the violence that was going on in this strike. The Pullman strike soon became a nationwide railroad strike in the United States. Since many people lost their jobs after the depression, they had to go try to find a new job which was not easy under the conditions of a strike. When they found a job, many took a huge pay cut often receiving thirty percent less of what they were making before the strike. The Pullman Strike also had an impact on transporting people and goods.
During Westward Expansion farmers fell victims to the low pricing of the crops. Most farmers struggled to make a living due to key issues. There was often a high tax on railroads which had cut a large profit from the farmers. The farmers had no other option other than the railroad since the farmers were often very far off westward in the Great Plains, while the market with a large population was still in eastern cities like New York. Likewise farmers had to pay a middle man in the East to sell their commodities in the East, because the poor farmers were unable to travel all the way to the East to sell their products then come back to start farming for the next year.
The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck, took place during the Great Depression, a period in which business activity in the United States was impeded. Farmers had to work even harder to produce and pay off their debts, and when the depression hit, many of these farms were taken by the banks. Because they had no choice to stay, the farmers were forced to migrate with their families to the West in search for opportunities and jobs. In these desperate times, specific gender roles are quickly diminishing, which is shown through the Joad family. The men, focusing on supporting their family and finding work, also are helping out with womanly tasks.
The dust bowl was a frightening time for most people during the 1930s. severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent wind erosion. The Dust Bowl negatively affected people who lived there in a personal way. During the Dust Bowl a lot families and people had to migrate to a different state.“The Dust Bowl forced tens of thousands of families to abandon their farms. ” ("Dust Bowl")Families had to abandon their farms which negatively affects the people because they could not grow crops during the dust bowl.“So many of them came from Oklahoma, migrated to California and other states to find that the Great Depression had rendered economic conditions there little better than those they had left.” ("Dust Bowl")The people
Fields were abandoned and crops were not harvested. The lords that owned these dying lands were desperate for work. Taking advantage of the situation, peasants began to demand for money for their labor. For the first time, peasants were making working conditions and they were working for themselves. The higher social classes did not have as much control over the lower classes.
Many immigrants and rural inhabitants fled to urban areas in search for any job that would provide them with any salary. As more and more companies failed, thousands of families lost their only source of income. Layoffs and wage cuts were common. Eventually even Burnham, a man with a reputation for being a fair employer, had to join the trend and let many of his employees go. Burnham knew that, “The dismissed men... faced homelessness and poverty; their families confronted the real prospect of starvation” (Larson 155).
For almost 10 years, a drought ripped through the Midwest and affected families in a negative way. At the time of the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression was going on in America. In addition, President Herbert Hoover was not doing much to assist the farmers affected by the drought. FDR rolled along and put an end to all of this madness. During the “Dirty Thirties,” the Dust Bowl took place and affected farmers across the Midwest, resulting in less money and the collapse of business; however, the president enacted the New Deal which solved a lot of the problems.
From 1929 to 1939 the Great Depression turned people’s everyday lives into rough seeming to be never ending days of trying to find work and scraping up enough money to buy small unsatisfying amounts of food to feed their families. In Mildred Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the Great Depression plays a vital role in the story because, both blacks and whites were suffering due to poor conditions (also lead to sharecropping), people started losing their belongings and jobs, and the whites still thought they were better than blacks. In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor writes, "Neither boy had on shoes, and their Sunday clothing, patched and worn, hung loosely upon their frail frames. "(Taylor 152). This quote from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, shows that the boys didn’t have enough money to buy any decent clothes (or sometimes food) and this is how it was for many people, black or white.
Moreover, a family needs to have enough money to buy groceries each week, which can be difficult when paychecks are given every other week. The people Ehrenreich often worked with tended to live below the poverty line as well. Many of them lived in shared hotel rooms or out of their cars because it was cheaper than actually owning their own places. Even then it was hard to save money. Oftentimes, the people who lived in poverty worked two or more minimum wage jobs, but they still were not able to lift themselves above the poverty line.
There are almost thirty million people globally forced into labor without any hope of escape. Forced labor was very common in America before it was abolished, but today it is very prevalent in foreign countries with a high poverty rate, due to lack of jobs people will give their lives in a fake vision of a pay check, then they get locked into this type of slavery. Forced labor goes very hand in hand with Bonded labor, which is where people who have debt are forced into labor where they must then pay off their debt. Interest rates insure that many people who are forced into this horrible state rarely