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S: The Great Depression

FC: The Great Depression | By Brandon Bonnor American History Project Ms. Skinner-Hinton

1: #1 What caused the Great Depression Many factors were involved. To name a few: 1. The Stock Market Crash 2. People hoarded money. Hoarding money can make the money supply drop dramatically. 3.The Gold Standard.The gold standard is a monetary system in which the standard economic unit of account is a fixed weight of gold. There are several kinds of gold standards. 4.Prices and wages changed because of the lack of goods and labor available. 5.Wages grew a lot slower than the output of the workers.

3: #2 How long did the Great Depression last? The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1941, totaling 12 years.

4: #3 What was life like during the Great Depression? The effects of the Great Depression were huge across the world. Don Snyder of Toledo, Ohio recalls, "It was a terrible way to live. It was rough and dangerous. He rode the rails for three years from 1933 when he was 15. he said, "The sound and moan of a whistle in the silent darkness echoing through the hills. For all the hardships you feel a faint longing to hit the road again." Grinding poverty and shattered family relations were the reasons most kids left home. Other factors, too, drove them onto the road. In 1934, schools had 25,000 fewer teachers than in 1930, with a million more pupils. "I have moments of real terror, when I think we may be losing this generation," said First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who made the youth problem a personal crusade.

5: People did not have money to buy things like dishes, so companies gave away "depression glass" with their products. | Simple household chores were very difficult for women in the 30s even with the new "modern" conveniences. This iron, though easier to use than the old, heavy iron that had to be heated on a stove, was difficult to prepare and time consuming to use.

7: #4 Who was affected by the Great Depression? | - Nearly 50% of the children of the great depression did not have adequate food, shelter, or medical care. - Unemployment rates reached 80%. - 750,000 farmers declared bankruptcy. Some did not feel the affects of the Great Depression as badly, a few even prospered during that time. - Movie theaters became a booming industry. Between 60 and 80 million Americans went to the movies each week. - Joseph F Kennedy's real estate market prospered during that time.

9: #5 How did the Great Depression end? In the late 1930s, the Great Depression began to weaken. Although many Americans were still living in poverty. The invasion of Poland caused World War II to erupted in Europe.The suffering American economy was given a boost when the fighting countries needed supplies and looked to America to make them. After Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, America entered the war. The U.S. enlisted more than 10 million men and women into the military. Since so many were fighting in the war, it was left for those left at home to work in the factories to make supplies for the war effort. The large need for soldiers, pilots, and workers to make ammunition and weapons helped to the end of the Great Depression.

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11: Fact: The song, "Your land is my land", by Woody Guthrie became famous from during the Great Depression. | This land is your land This land is my land From California to the New York island; From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and Me.

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