During the Great Depression, life wasn’t easy. Many farmers lost their farms (about.com) and many familes lost their savings as the numerous amount of banks collapsed in the early 1930s. Because these familes could to not pay for rent payments or mortgage, they were forced out of their homes or were evicted from their apartments. Unemployed and underemployed male heads of the familes founded the depression to be extremely difficult, because in thraditional concepts, the men were the providers of the familes.
Half of the banks had closed their doors, more than twenty percent of the US population was unemployed, and the economy was lacking regulation. ("The Great Depression.") Therefore, President Roosevelt wanted to bring stability to people’s lives and the economy. Stating “I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.”("Franklin D. Roosevelt.")
Living in the Medieval times, the merchant/ trader was very important positions trading special goods that others were not able to have. The merchant was usually found in towns and was lower on the social pyramid only above the peasants and serfs. Most of the time they were at their shop in the town and sold everyday things. Traders traded with other people who had stuff to get rid of the stuff they didn’t want to get stuff they did want. Lots of times, merchants had the power, because they could sell them a piece of clothing and get more money than it is actually worth.
This act made many people who owned farms unemployed and they lost their farms and also there houses. When their farms got ruined they knew that they continue their life there. So many of them migrated to California. “Around the 1940’s more than 2.5 million people had decided to leave the states that were affected by the Dust Bowl. About 10 percent of the population from the states decided to move to California”
During the Great Depression, my family and I went through difficult times for about ten years. I was unemployed and couldn’t pay for our home. In result, we became homeless and we don’t know where to go. Though some families allowed us to move in together under one roof, sometimes allowing strangers in homes can bring some difficulty and stress so I declined. So, because of this we are forced to live in squatter settlements called Hoovervilles (shacks that housed millions of unemployed).
Of these over 835,000 black farmers and laborers faced particularly difficult times in the rural South” (“Black Americans 1929-1941”). Blacks made up more than half of the farming population. Without them the production of products would have a significant decline. “Often they were denied public works employment supposedly available to all needy citizens. Individuals were even threatened at relief centers when applying for work” (“Black Americans 1929-1941”).
The year is 1930. Thousands of Americans find themselves penniless, waiting in lines outside of soup kitchens for their one meal of the day. At the same time, actors like Clark Gable, Mae West, and Carole Lombard find themselves making thousands of dollars for their on-screen talents. The 1930s are remembered primarily for the Great Depression, a time of poverty and desolation, but despite the economic decline, this was a bustling era that saw many fantastic changes in the film industry, many of which are reflected clearly in the film The Wizard of Oz. To truly understand what the film industry was like in the 1930s, one must first understand the Great Depression and the effect it had on the movie business.
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.When the stock market underwent rapid expansion, the production had been declined and unemployment had risen, leaving the stock prices higher
Imagine not being able to provide food for your children! 16,000,000 children struggle with hunger (http://mashable.com/2016/07/14/child-hunger-united-states/#BCHw.No5Waqm), and 60% of the world’s hungry are women(http://www.thp.org/knowledge-center/know-your-world-facts-about-hunger-poverty/). More than 95% of people participate in donating to charity, and in the past twenty years poverty has been cut in half. This is good news, however there are still millions of people in poverty and world hunger. But hunger is only one thing humans living in poverty have to deal with.
Aristotle once said, “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime” (Aristotle, Aristotle 's Politics, 1920). Poverty has become a huge issue that the whole world is facing. People who cannot afford the life’s basic needs such as food and shelter are said to be poor. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. “And they die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world.
When people became homeless. one out of four Americans had no job in 1932. 250,000 kids rode trains across America to find a job. Wealthy people could be homeless if they lost their jobs. They might be the people hopping trains and begging for food.
There were many circumstances that motivated workers who went to strike at the Homestead Factory and Pullman Railcar Factory in the early 1890s. For instance, the workers had poor working conditions. Conditions in Carnegie’s factory were harsh. Men often worked seven days a week, twelve hours a day, which was more than double of today’s standard forty-hours of work in a week (Khan 10). A previous steelworker remembered that he lost forty pounds when he worked for the first three months of his job and described the work as a “dog’s life” (Khan 10).
In 1933, the unemployment had risen from 3 percent to 25 percent of nation’s workforce and those who were able to keep their jobs faced harsh reductions in wages. Not to end with the economic disaster in the United States, Americans of the Midwest had to face over cultivation and a drought called Dust bowl. This resulted in a drastic end for agriculture
This was because several parents were unemployed so they could no longer provide for the family. In fact, over 20% of U.S. children were hungry and lacking proper clothing. Numerous kids faced these misfortunes however, many tried going to the rails, but their life wasn’t any easier. Boxcar Kids While the Great Depression was happening over 250,000 kids and teens road on the trains and they were called Boxcar Kids. Many things led kids to become Boxcar Kids.