The Great Depression The Depression was a difficult economic time in Australia during the 1930s. Many people lost their job and became unemployed, sometime this Depression lead to suicide. The depression affected the unemployed in a lot of ways like disease, homelessness, shame and family issue. To survive this depression the unemployed did many things to live and help their family like jumping the rattler, walking the track, using a sandwich board to advertise yourself or you could beg for a job even if it didn’t pay you much. It was a terrible time during the depression, it change the life of many people.
The “ … tragedies that clouded the last quarter of … “ Twain’s “ … life--bankruptcy, the death of two daughters and his wife--blackened his vision … “ but it did not stop him from achieving stardom (Jones). Mark Twain suffered many misfortunes in the later years of his life. He lost pretty much everything that he had held dearest to him. For example he lost his wife Livy and two of his daughters, Clary and Jean. Along with these losses he also suffered many financial failings.
(Rothbard &Newton, Intro) During this time Herbert Hoover was president and the American culture was spiraling out of control. Massive bank failures occurred more and more each year causing almost everyone to fall into major debt. People soon lost many of their loved items, such as their homes. Those who were forced to the streets either lived in areas known as
The Great Depression didn't just end all at once. Many countries continued to suffer extreme poverty long after the governments declared the depression was over. When banks and businesses were forced to close down, it left millions of hardworking individuals without jobs and that then caused them to suffer financial hardship. With no way to earn money, many people could not pay their bills or buy food and needed help from the government to survive. The public were begging for some sort of program that would help them recover and hopefully gain back what they had lost.
With no job and no savings, thousands of Americans lost their homes. The poor congregated in cardboard shacks in so-called Hoovervilles on the edges of cities across the nation; hundreds of thousands of the unemployed roamed the country on foot and in boxcars in futile search of jobs. Although few starved, hunger and malnutrition affected many. In a country with abundant resources,
Almost all were left homeless with no where to go and depending on the government for help. Still to this day many are living in Fema trailers or living in Houston. Thousands of homes are ruined and these people will never live in what they used to call home. Randee Sacks from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health stated, “Four years later studies show that children displaced by the disaster are showing signs of depression, anxiety and general emotional and behavioral problems, with many lacking any health insurance and many missing substantial amounts of school. The parents are suffering similar problems ranging from depression and hypertension to post-traumatic stress syndrome” (Levine 1).
Effects of the Great Depression Everyone throughout the United States took a big hit from the economic collapse in the 1920’s. It was called “The Great Depression” because that’s simply what it was. It was the worst time in the U.S. economy to date. Farmers, obviously unemployed men, women and children had to do whatever they could to survive. Farmers had an especially hard time during the Great Depression because many of them had taken out loans to pay for more equipment.
For the most part, they are left alone. When many fled from Hurricaine Katrina, they settled in parts of Colorado, Texas, and points in between. In TX, they were not looked upon with niceness. These people accepted them to their state, set them up in apartments, with jobs, etc., and the majority of the communities that did this, regretted it when they left. Millions in property damages were reported, and many communities were left completely abandoned; the owners unable to bear the expense of the repairs.
The “Great Depression” was a time when men, women, and children all struggled through the challenges of a collapsing economy. Malnutrition, poverty, and fear ran rampant in America. Never before had Americans seen such hard times. Never before had they lived through the darkest side of life. Most people remember the photograph known as the “Migrant Mother”.
They were forcibly removed from the land and were placed in Relocation Programs. Along the journey to the locations, hundreds had died from starvation, exposure, and illnesses. The government forced the survivors to live on reservations where many still reside today. Many of the reservations are on poverty-ridden areas, and many of them have suffered from alcoholism and suicide because they had been robbed, humiliated, and removed from all that they knew. Even into the 19th Century, numerous wars broke out between the Indians and the United States forces.