In the mid-1800s, Ireland was a nation which depended on agriculture. The Irish were among the poorest people in the world, relying on crops to feed their families. The Great Famine, or An Gorta Mór, commenced with the potato failure in 1845. It lasted for six years and caused the deaths of over one million men, women and children. It also led to a huge increase in emigration with two million people fleeing the country in the search of both food and a life free from corruption.
More effects of the plague were, that the lack of customers started to drive down the prices of items in stores, this ended the crusades because all the soldiers had died. It weakened the church’s power because people started to question their faith, and everyone blamed the jews for it. Some long term effects were that wages increased, for there was a shortage in labor and land became more
Ever heard of the Dust Bowl? “The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms that really damaged the agriculture of the US and during the 1930s. The Dust Bowl was a severe drought that has started to ruin the agriculture. When this happened the states including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico were affected” (Steinbeck). This act made many people who owned farms unemployed and they lost their farms and also there houses.
These dust storms, largely due to severe drought and wind erosion, caused many farmers in the prairies to experience extreme poverty for as long as eight years. In an effort to escape the storms, starvation, and poverty many farmers and their families left their farms to look for work and food elsewhere as a means of survival. Migrant workers on the other hand were compromised by the overwhelming number of the unemployed during the depression. Largely these migrant workers worked as migrant farm workers planting and harvesting crops, moving throughout the seasons. Due to low wages, high poverty, and transient lifestyle migrant
Because of the sudden population expansion there were food and shelter shortages. People consequently died from starvation and exposure. Due to the shortage of food and other things, black markets popped up and some people had to travel to rural villages in crowded trains to exchange their clothes for food. In addition, people started to work in illegal (informal) sectors.
“between October 1940 and July 1942 around 92,000 of Jewish residents of the ghetto died of starvation, diseases and cold, which accounted for nearly 20% of the entire population”(Gasior 3). Some things that people would be able to purchase were small amounts of bread, potatoes, and fat. “Everyone would get two or three thin slices. We called it slide sausage.
The livestock was another group that was affected in the dust bowl. When the AAA demanded the farmers to plow over there land they killed 6 million young pigs were slaughtered. Many of those pigs just starved because the farmers were no longer working so they could not feed them. When the dust bowl came money farmers and ranchers livestock were killed and when they cut them open there was only dust in there lungs and guts. The cattle grazing was reduced and millions of more acres were plowed and planted.
“By 1840 the potato had become the sole food of one third of the of the people and an essential element in the diet of many more” (Williams 1996, p. 17). When the blight struck, hundreds of thousands died of starvation between 1845 and 1848. The Irish were in a state of panic and hopelessness. During 1845 and 1851, it is estimated that around 1.6 million people left Ireland for America. As Williams eloquently states, arriving in America, the Irish immigrants had to adjust to their new country and Americans had to adjust to their new fellow citizens.
The trading was known as a Columbian exchange which named after himself. Columbus brought many animals such as sheep, pig, and horse and cops like olive, banana, and peach to exchange, and even diseases. Back then, diseases such as smallpox, malaria, and typhus that Columbus and his crews brought over have killed the majority or Native American because they had never experience those diseases before, it was new to them. Moreover, in exchange, Columbus took cops like tomato, avocado, and potato back to Europe; those cops were new to the Europeans. Potato itself has changed the European lives a big
For example, in Document 3, it includes,"In 1381, some 35 years after the Black Death had swept through Europe decimating over one third of the population, there was a shortage of people left to work the land... Recognizing the power of ‘supply and demand’, the remaining peasants began to re-evaluate their worth and subsequently demanded higher wages and better working conditions. " This proves that the Plague caused more revolts by peasants because when a lot of people died, there weren't many people to be serfs or peasants, therefore they realized that without them, Europe would not function efficiently. They realized that they are worthy and that they should have more wages and better conditions. For example, it was like a few gas station employees wanting to strike because their manager wasn't paying them enough.
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.
Here in the United states the Manong generation is considered to be the “first wave of Filipino Americans.” The Manongs started arriving here in the United States in the beginning of the 20th century. The U. S Immigration Act of 1924, which barred Asian (primarily Chinese and Japanese) immigration, caused West Coast farmers and canneries to turn to Filipinos as a valuable alternate source of labor. Manongs were mostly able-bodied younger men who were specifically targeted for their work ethic and for being a cheap source of manual labor. They were encouraged and lured in by the Americans with promises of prosperity and a better life.
Jamestown, a successful colony Imagine yourself at a colony that no one really cared about planting or building shelters to keep safe. That would’ve failed if it wasn’t for John Smith. That colony that I chose was called Jamestown, a colony or a settlement. Jamestown had become the first successful British colony because of ho w they have peace with the Indians, how they have a determined leader, John Smith, and how they have a cash crop, tobacco. These examples are why Jamestown had become a successful colony.
In the fall of 1609, several hundred European settlers were struggling to survive on swampy Jamestown Island, riding out a brutal drought and hoping for boatloads of supplies. Evidence from waste pits suggests that the settlers, who first arrived on this land in May 1607, feasted on deer, turtles and sturgeon during their first year in the New World. They’d eat up all of the domestic stock-the dogs and the horses. They’d get down to eating rats and even poisonous snakes. As the winter wore on, scores of Jamestown's inhabitants suffered from diseases associated with malnutrition and contamination, including dysentery, typhoid and scurvy.