FC: The Great Depression. A Mixbook by Ethan Chesbro, ec103119.
1: The stock-market crashed on October 29th in 1929 and this day became known as black Tuesday, this was the major cause of the great depression. Bank fails, banks making too many loans and then not having enough to give to people who had the life savings in these banks, was another thing that lead to the great depression. In other words banks just took the peoples money and then disappeared and the peoples money went with them.
2: Many, many people lost there jobs during the great depression and had to look for any kind of work they could on a daily basis. Often if they could find work it was just an odd job they did for a few hours and did not get much pay.
3: Many elderly people who could not work just sat and waited for days on end because they were not strong to enough physically to find jobs.
4: Many people who lost the money they had saved in the bank or could not pay for a house because they lost the job they had had to live in shanties and tents for years.
5: Many poorer people who did not have their job anymore went to scrapyards and junk heaps to look for small bit and pieces of metal they could sell for small amounts of money.
6: Some people still had a job here and there but the majority of the population had to wait in line for welfare and food stamps and even rations split up by the government.
7: Some people never got jobs back or were offered a new one though the entire great depression, thats ten years from 1929 to 1939!
8: Daily life was a constant struggle for most people. You could not go to the store and but what you needed to supply you family with food or the right clothes. Sometimes your house, if you even had or could afford one, was drafty and cold and most people could not fix them. Things were very unclean and you could get illness all the time.
9: The great depression not only affected adults with jobs but also children and teens too. Many could not go to school and had to stay home and take care of smaller siblings and the elderly. They usually could not see friends for the same reason.
10: The great depression also affected people down south and in the mid-west. It was mainly farmers because during the great depression it was beginning to drought in these places and crops did not receive enough rain and could not grow so farmers could not sell what they didn't have. Thus most became very poor.
11: Many farmers tried to move to California to try to get away from the dust storms. Although most did some just gave up and stayed where they were and tried to wait out the storms.
12: In the mid-west there were no garbage dumps. So people just left the trash they had sit in huge burning piles and would burn them at the end of the week.
13: This is a rest stop for people making their way to California.
14: These dust storms were common in the dust bowl and every time one hit whole farming towns the town would have to hide in houses and make sure the windows and doors were airtight so no dust could get in and have it get into peoples lungs.
15: They would hide in houses barns or really any building that they were near and have usually put clothes over their nose and mouth to act as a filter.
16: Many people were so poor they could not even go out to lunch. Most didn't carry a wallet because their was no need to because they didn't have any money to put in the wallet.
17: Many people would sell anything they had to get money for food. Cars, metals, even family heirlooms.
18: Life was always hard and some little task today could have taken hours back then. People did their best but sometimes that was not enough and they went hungry.
19: The later years of the depression got a little better because Word War II created more jobs for people to have and more money to make and spend back into the economy.
20: Overall WWII pulled the U.S. out of the great depression. Its funny to think that something as horrible as war could help pull a country up and create jobs for people and revitalize the economy.
21: Ethan Chesbro Mix-book ec103119 11:00-12:00 class.