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.
Since president Eisenhower has been in office, there has been a decrease in poverty but still the bulk of the poverty is in the south. The poor live in a culture of poverty, meaning that they get sick more often and longer than anyone else, they lose wages and work and find it difficult
The goods that were being imported after the Black Death were extremely overpriced but since the population size dropped the demand for food was lower therefore decreasing the prices of food (Spielvogel World History and Geography). It was challenging and unhygienic to exchange goods through trade or produce them thus the prices of imported goods shot up. To add more to the goods crisis, large amounts of farms and villages stopped producing goods simply because most of the people who lived there died. Since huge amounts of free land was left behind, people stopped paying their rent assuming that is was acceptable thus causing tax rates to decline. Financial businesses were deeply affected and destroyed because machines being used to build things were broken or abandoned and no one remained to fix them.
The Great Depression start on October 29 1929. The Depression was a time of economic downturn resulting in many people losing their jobs, house money, etc. The Depression started with the crash of the Stock Market which quickly spread its way through America. Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt predecessor believed in an economic philosophy called Trickle Down Economic meaning that if a Business does well the whole economy benefits. During the beginning the depression very little businesses succeed so still no people benefited from a quote unquote flourishing business.
The Jungle written by Upton Sinclair was an expose on the life of those who lived in Packingtown, Chicago. Packingtown was where most of the people who was looking for work lived, it was a very crowded city. Job openings were scarce and most of the jobs were very unsafe. Most of the people in this part of town were poor, so they did not really have much doubts of food,. The Jungle exposed the horrific work conditions, the poor food quality, and the deceitfulness of the business owners.
Traders had a reduced amount of demand because no one wanted their goods, 18 000 farmers at the end of 1932 had lost everything and had gone bankrupt, this statistic also lines up with the fact that 1 in 20 farmers were evicted . Prices of houses plummeted by 80% of their original value There was a wide spread drought affecting areas such as Texas and Dakotas . the soil became eroded and the high winds created the terrible dust storms , this area was soon know as the dust
The plague had taken a toll onto the population as it continued to fall until slowing down by 1352. As Molly Edmonds states, “ the workforce had been destroyed -- farms were abandoned and buildings crumbled”. This helps to prove that there was a major loss of population by telling of how there wasn’t enough people to even keep the building stable. The medical response to the plague was very little due to them not knowing much about the epidemic at the time. They had observed that people who were around the sick had often became sick also (Calliope).
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
After Black Tuesday, business took a devastating economic blow which caused them to let go some of their employees. Discrimination played a huge role in the workplace, but African Americans were affected the worst. Most were laid off from their jobs before the whites and were often rejected when they apply for a job because of their race. Although in the shanty towns it is completely different, the people do not look at people 's color because basically everyone is poor. “Multiple people would be making a tent and have meals together made of cabbages meat and beans” is what Louis Banks would say.
The Great Depression actually started to take place in 1929 all the way to 1942. It was a very dark time in the past for the Unites States. Many people died or was devastated by the stuff that happened during those dark years in the 1930s. The Great Depression had people living on the streets and sleeping in central park, people getting fired, and a lot of people having nothing to eat. During this time since many people was out of work they traveled to place to place looking for a job to feed their families and/or themselves.
“The 1930s was A period of extreme hardship in the united states The country had fallen into financial disaster.Banks had failed, factories had shut down, farmers could not sell their crops many families lost their life savings by 1932 one in four americans was jobless.” “During the great depression, millions of people became homeless. A hobo is a homeless and often poor person who travels in search of work.During the 1930s,most hobos traveled place to place by sneaking on to freight trains.” In the 1930s,there were more than 250,000 kids. like Robert he rode freight trains across America. just like the rest of the other 250,000 kids.A lot of hoboes also rode the freight trains. The rail yards were patrolled by bulls.