S: ear Diary Eckhart
BC: About the Author: My name is Miranda Eckhart, I love to write in my spare time, outside in the warm summer sun. I am also a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. | I grew up all over the eastern, mid-west and southern part of the U.S. because my dad is in the Army, but that doesn't knock my spirit down but it inspired my love of history.
FC: Dear Diary | By: Miranda Eckhart
1: Dear Diary, Oct. 1, 1929 It's me again, Devany Raine Evangelin. Daddy's been working hard in the fields since late last month, with me helping of course. Today he showed me how to hand check the corn to see if it was ready to harvest or not. My little brother, Michael, was out in the barn tending the horses and getting them ready to help with the harvest. My twin sister Claire, was inside helping Momma make our birthday dinner(we just turned 16 today, so Momma is making all of our favorites). Claire is making all the deserts, apple pie and plumb pudding, while Momma is making dinner. She wont tell us what she is cooking, she says, "It's a secret, now go do your chores or else there won't be a dinner." So she started snapping her towel at the four of us(Claire got to stay cause she had to bake). So father and I headed out to the fields, Michael went to the barn, and my oldest brother, Roscoe, went to tune up the truck so we can take our haul into the city. We live out in the country, in Long Beach, New York. After we harvest our fields every year we head into New York City and sell and trade our goods.
3: Dear Diary, Oct. 29,1929 The harvest went really well, all of the crops were ready to be harvested on time. So Daddy, Roscoe and I have been in New York City for about three days now selling corn, wheat and other produce. It happened while Roscoe and I were walking back to the truck after getting lunch at a local sub shop. We were walking down Wall Street, passing this large beautiful building, Daddy said that it was where people buy stocks with a lot of money that they don't have(he said that it was called buying on a margin or something). Today there were people running around saying that they want their money back and Newsies were yelling, "Extra! Extra! Read all about it. The stock market crashes. Everyone wants their money back but banks don't have the funds." So Roscoe and I hurried back to the truck where Daddy was waiting for us with a worried look on his face. When i asked him what was going on with all these people and the big stock building, all he said, "Later. Now get in the car we have to get home to your mom and the rest of the family." Later that night when we got home, I asked him again what was going on with all the people and the big stock building. Momma gave him a weird look and asked, "What is she talking about Jeffery?" He said that the market had crashed because people have been buying stocks on margins and
4: play the market by stock speculating. Then Momma said, "So from now on we have to save our money and be careful and watch what we spend our money on. We are in for some hard times ahead of us and I don't know when they will get better. Now off to bed with the lot of you."
6: Dear Diary, Feb. 14, 1935 Well Mommy was right, things defiantly got worse. A lot of people were living on the sides of roads out of their cars, or were living in Shantytowns or Hoovervilles. People lost their jobs, and then since they didn't have money to pay for things they were evicted from their homes, Life was hard for anyone that had to work hard for what little they already had. We almost got evicted from our farm because we had no one to sell our crops to, but people started looking for places to stay and work. So we paid the people in the food that they harvested on our land, but they worked hard for what little food we were able to supply to them. Daddy said that the Depression hit the people with less, more then it hit the people with all the money. But they got hit hard as well because they had alot of money invested in banks and the stock market. So when the market crashed they lost whatever money they had there and then when the banks failed, they lost the rest of their money.
8: Dear Diary, March 17, 1941 Well things have turned for the better in the work area of life around here. The farm is doing great business, because of the war that is going on over in Europe and Asia, the U.S. is sending supplies over seas to help but is staying neutral as of right now. But with all the supplies that need to be made it has put tons of Americans into work, so Daddy, Momma, and Roscoe are all working in factories to help with the war effort while Claire, Michael and I work on keeping the farm going. It looks like this war has put a stop to the depression that was going on for about 12 years now. People are back to working hard for their money, and are getting back into the swing of things, I mean even Momma and Daddy are happier (they even went into the city on their day off to go on a date). Also there were a lot of men joining the armed forces in case we did go to war, but I don't think we will because President Roosevelt pledge "As long as it remains in my power to prevent, there will be no blackout of peace in the United States."
10: Dear Diary, Dec. 7, 1941 A terrible tragedy had hit the United States. Early this morning Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese. 20 U.S. warships, 200 aircraft were destroyed. Over 2,400 Americans were killed including the 1,103 sailors that were trapped on the USS Arizona when it went down. Soon it was known that the U.S, declared war on Japan. I wonder how this is going to affect the U.S. and our lives.