FC: Children During the Depression
1: Life for children in the Great Depression was hard. There lives weren't always this way but when the economy fell so did there normal lives.
2: Kids didn't have a lot of free time during this period. They played card games, board games and hide and go seek with the other kids near by them
3: "I thought the Depression was going to go on forever. For six or seven years, it didn't look as though things were getting better." said Arvel Pearson
4: By the age of 8, most children had jobs. If their families had farms they would pick crops and sell them for money. These jobs were very difficult too, they would spend long hours outside just trying to help the family.
5: "I am a boy of 17, I quit school 2 years ago in order to find a job. Since my dad died 3 years ago we haven't been able to do so good. We stretched his insurance money so far as it would go, but now we have to face it." - A letter to FDR
6: Kids, mostly boys, would leave the house at a young age to help support their families. They would travel from town to town on boxcars to find any job they could get. "I was hungry all the time. Dreadfully hungry," remembered John Fawcett. | Teen Railroad Riders
7: Lots of kids wrote letters to the president. They thanked him for all his hard work and told him their stories. Some children wrote letters asking for simple things, like coats to stay warm during the harsh winters. A twelve year old girl wrote, "Dear President & Wife; This is the first time I or Any of my people wrote Any president. And I am here to ask you for $8.00 to get me a winter coat. "
8: Hungry kids would wait in lines too to get food. This did; not always happen though. Lots of kids were malnourished and starving.
9: Children quickly became independent. Doing anything they could do to help their mothers take care of the rest of their family.
10: Sources: http://newdeal.feri.org/eleanor/er2a.htm http://www.pocanticohills.org/amprogress/children_and_the_great_depression.htm http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/learning_history/children_depression/depression_children_menu.cfm http://history1900s.about.com/od/1930s/p/greatdepression.htm http://www.recess.ufl.edu/transcripts/2006/0524.shtml