The Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world was at its lowest point in 1933, the beginning of the book. Over 15 million Americans were unemployed, and half of the country's banks had failed, malnutrition was a big problem for children due to their parents not being able to afford food for them, and many families were evicted from the houses or lands that they lived on. During this period, most African Americans worked on farms that were owned by white landowners and lived in rural areas. While life before the Great Depression was already arduous for African Americans, their living conditions worsened due to the fact that the farmers they worked for lost their land. As previously mentioned, food prices had deflated causing farmers to not be able to make a profit off of their land.
Impact of the Great Depression The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, written by Amity Shlaes, gives a lengthy detail of the Great Depression. According to her viewpoint the government handled the situation of the economic crisis very poorly, which led to the Great Depression lasting longer than it suppose to. In this book, Shlaes wrote about observed action taken by Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt. She gave a detail of the years from 1927 to 1940 and in the beginning of every chapter she mentioned the unemployment rate and the average of Dew Jones Industry. According to Shleas, the Great Depression had major impacts on America life, American values and American Government.
After WWII, women were expected to go back to their traditional roles In reality, many women took jobs outside the home to help pay bills and make a living. Economic boom = more workers Women were paid lower and limited to jobs such as teachers, nurses or secretary In 1962, Betty Friedan 's book The Feminine Mystique captured the frustration and despair of a generation of college-educated housewives who felt trapped and unfulfilled. While Friedan 's writing largely spoke to an audience of educated women, her work had sparked the "second wave" of the feminist movement.
Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.” This realization made by Janie supports one of the biggest themes in this novel, which is that the concept of innocence and womanhood can’t exist at the same time. Because Janie finally lets go of her “childish fantasy”, her innocence is lost and she is now a woman. The theme of lost innocence in exchange for womanhood is also prevalent in Hurston’s story Sweat. This idea is one of the reasons that Sykes and Delia’s relationship begins to fall apart when we meet them. One example of innocence without womanhood is when Janie first creates her pear tree fantasy.
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
The “Barbie Doll” written by Marge Piercy relates to the complication that some girls faced in the past and also in this generation which, they are force to be something they are not. Overall, the poem is quite easy to understand because it uses some simple and standard everyday words that attracted me as a person who is not fond with poems. Piercy did not use the word “Barbie Doll” other than the title but it acts as an imagery throughout the poem. Piercy starts the poem with an introduction of the “girlchild” which is a made up word to show that the girl she is talking about is experiencing her childhood moment. She was born normally and typically raised with toys that a girl normally plays which is dolls, miniature kitchen equipment and some makeup tools.
The Great Depression affected all kinds of people the young and the old; the rich and the poor. Americans weary from years of economic suffering and were willing to trust President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He offered them hope, which was all that many people had left. The economic hardships from the Great Depression had reached a highpoint by 1933. On March 4th 1933 every bank temporarily had its doors closed, but for a large number the economic crisis was a permanent reality.
The time period of which the book was written is the 1930’s and it was a quarrelsome time for race relations. During that period an economic slump, called the Great Depression, had affected many people’s lives as it was the most severe depression ever experienced by an industrialized country. Also factors like the Jim Crow laws and the 2nd Ku Klux Klan resulted in white people discriminating against blacks people. The Great Depresion is an important era in the United States’ history. In the 30’s, the complications that came along with the Great Depression affected the public severely.
The most immediate effect of the Great Depression was an increase in unemployment. With the market crash and the closing of banks, jobs became very difficult to maintain. By 1929, approximately nine percent of the labor force was unemployed. In just four years, unemployed rose to nearly twenty-five percent(DOCUMENT F). Men, who worked full-time were for the most part fired.
Less Government Aid (welfare) to Low-Income People I am here today to speak on the issues that have intrigued me; low-income people in the United States receiving government aid. After the Great Depression in the 1930’s struggling families a federally funded program was formed called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This was created to help struggling families, though over the years the system has been heavily abused. Today about 35.4%(109,631,000) of Americans live in households that receive government assistance. This has negatively impacted America’s economic growth and from obtaining its full potential.