FC: The Great Depression | By Doug Kramer (dk124883)
1: The Great Depression: The Beginning | The Great Depression started on October 29, 1929 when the Stock Market Crashed on what was to become known as "Black Tuesday". After the stock market crashed everyone tried to sell their stocks and were in a complete panic. The more people panicked the worse conditions became. Banks had to close their doors because mobs of people showed up demanding the withdrawal of their money from the banks. Businesses then began to feel the pinch because people quit spending money out of fear. This led businesses to close or to lay off workers or cut the hours of the workers. | STOCK MARKET CRASHES!
2: The farmers of America were usually okay in economic down turns because they could at least feed their families and others bought their crops because everyone needs to eat. This was not the case this time! A severe drought in the Great Plains States caused dust bowls , wind storms that whirled the soil all over the place and made it impossible to grow crops. Food became scarce for everyone. | Dust Bowls
3: Farmers were suffering terrible hardships during the Depression. They could not pay the banks back what they owed them because nothing would grow in the dusty earth. Farms were foreclosed on and people lost everything they had worked so hard their whole life for.
4: EVERYONE SUFFERED DURING THE DEPRESSION!
6: President Herbert Hoover took the blame for the depression even though he was not really to blame. People even named shanty towns populated by poor people "Hoovervilles". | A picture of a Hooverville
7: President Herbert Hoover
8: Lines for food and Lines for the banks | PANIC EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!
9: People hated bankers so much that some rooted for bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde!
10: In 1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt won the presidency in a landslide. He set to work trying to help the American People out of the depression. He created programs such as WPA (Workers Progress Administration) a program, among others ,to help people get back to work.
11: But..... War is what saved us! | The Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor!!
12: DECEMBER 7, 1941 | Japanese Planes attacked America's Naval Force at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii
14: America joins it's allies and goes into World War Two Under the command of General Douglas MacArthur.
15: War was good for the American Worker. Especially the women of America. The United States needed all kinds of products. The building of ammunitions, ships, tanks, air planes, and many other war machines put America back to work.
16: Women built machinery due to most able bodied men being off at war! and | Working as nurses and doing clerical work for the war machine!
17: ........and the beginning of the war started the end of the Great Depression.