S: The Great Depression
BC: How did the Great Depression end? It ended when the U.S entered the war. When FDR became president, he did all he could to bring back the economy, and he achieved to do so a little bit. But when Pearl Harbor was bombed and the U.S decided it would enter WWII, a demand of food was needed, and so the nation joined together as it did during WWI and everyone worked hard to grow food for their soldiers and much more. | Attack on Pearl Harbor top right, and Hitler bottom right.
FC: The Great Depression By Maria Ruiz
1: What caused the Great Depression? Two main factors contributed to the downfall of the U.S economy during the Great Depression. The first was the abundant buying and selling of stocks in the stock market. In1929, this buying and selling appeared at first to be helping the economy but what the economists didn't realize was that these stocks were not developing in the healthy way that they should have been. | The second cause of the Great Depression was the failing of our American Banks. At this time, people were taking money out of the banks that they couldn't pay back. This lead to the banks using up all the money of the American people. All their savings were gone! WIth this, the banks had no more money to lend and so no more people were spending. This leads to a chain reaction that leads to no jobs and the crash of the economy. | The picture at the right corner is Wall Street during Black Tuesday.
2: How long did the Great Depression last? Many think that the beginning of the Great Depression came along with the crash of the stock market in 1930 which was around this that the effects of Black Tuesday were being felt by all. Also, others believe that the complete end of the Great depression came about when World War II began in 1939. This ended the Great Depression because other countries needed weapons to be manufactured and the U.S did this. It brought the economy way up. | No more money to by food, no more food to sell!
3: During the Great Depression, the factories could not pay their workers because no one was spending their money on their products. No one was spending money on things because the banks had failed and took most of everyones money. When the factories could not hire or pay their workers, then the workers had no money for mortgage, no house to live in, not food to feed their families, and the chain continues. | No more wages, no way to pay mortgage. No more beautiful home or comfortable living conditions. | More the 9 million savings accounts were wiped out of banks. "Why can't I get my money back?"
4: "Please hire me, I really need a job." | Who was effected by the Great Depression? The Great Depression was attributed by the unequal distribution of wealth. In which case the wealthy were not as terribly effected as was the middle class and lower class. The wealthy did feel the Depression quite strongly thought they did not suffer with poverty and hunger and the lose of their homes. | "If no one buys our lettuce, it will go bad!"
5: The living condition during th Great Depression were abominable. Families were forced to live in makeshift homes thrown together with wood planks and rubber that was found in dumps, or were sometimes stolen from tire factories. Children could no longer attend school because they needed to help feed their family. Showers were unheard of and so was clean drinking water. With living in filth comes many danger such as many infectious diseases. Children suffered with constant colds and mothers never had enough in their stomachs. The Great Depression had some of the greatest devastating effect on Americans.
6: These towns in which people came together to live in were known as hoovervilles to make fun or put blame on President Herbert Hoover for the Great Depression.
8: Families moved from place to place looking for jobs in remote towns.
9: One factor that worsened the situation of the Great Depression was that during that same time, the Midwest was experiencing a terrible drought known as the Dust Bowl. The overgrazing of animals made the soil vulnerable to the wind and it created a large dust stormed that lasted weeks. This destroyed homes, killed animals, and ruined crops.