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The Great Depression

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1: The great depression started in 1929. It lasted all through the 30's. The depression made everyday life extremely hard. Dust storms ruined crops which made it very difficult for families to keep their land. Loosing land resulted in many farmers loosing their only source of income.

2: Many families lost their farms and other jobs, which left them with no means for survival. Many people decided to migrate to different lands in search for jobs. Migrant workers hoped to find a new place in which they could live comfortably.They wanted to find a job that would pay them with enough money to support them and their families.

3: Unemployed men were desperate to find jobs. Each day hundreds of people would go to the American Legion Employment Bureau begging for work. Many families were hungry and had no place to live. So any source of hope relied on the man of the family getting work. Their starving families is what motivated these men to find work any way they could.

4: Families during the great depression were anything but happy. As you can see in the photos not one family has a smile on there face. Thats because not many people smiled smiled at all during the 30's. Many families could not even afford to fully clothe their children. Many kids did not wear shoes and some even went without pants. Times were very rough for the families.

5: Their are many things that could have been a big caused of the depression. The stock market crash of 1929 was one of the major causes. Stock holders lost billions of dollars due to the crash. The crash led to bank failures and loss of money for the nation as a whole.

6: Throughout the 1930's over 19,000 banks failed. So many people lost their money due to the stock market crash. No one had money to deposit or withdraw from the banks. Therefore the banks lost all their business. And as for the banks that didn't completely shut down, they were very scarce with there loans.

7: The depression started in 1929 and lasted through most of the 30's as well. Though it ended in different times for different parts of the country, the majority of the depression ended in 1939. The latest that the depression lasted was 1942. It was harder for some states to improve their economic state than others.

8: The Depression affected just about everyone in the U.S. 25% of Americans were unemployed. Everyone, from sharecroppers and planters in the South, to businessmen in large cities were affected. Agriculture in the Midwest also suffered. Most of the Great Plains, from Texas to North Dakota, had been turned into a "Dust Bowl." Many farms were abandoned and many families relocated in California.

10: Thank you for reading my book on the Great Depression

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