The Great Depression Latasha President, Rose Prioleau, Susan Matkovich, Stephanie Rose, Megan Lemelin, Brittany Castle
The End of World War I The Early 1920’s marked the beginning of the end of South Carolina’s War Time prosperity.
The regions postwar prosperity was ending. The price of cotton dropped sharply; the resumption operations by European factories led to lay offs at the state’s textile mills; civilian employment at the Navy Yard was cut to 2,100, then chopped again to under 500 by 1924. - (Fraser, 370)
By early 1929 textile securities were selling for half their 1923 price. Mill owners responded by hiring part time instead of full time workers, reducing the work week, and increasing the machine load per worker. These actions staved off bankruptcy but created a large body of embittered overworked, malnourished and underpaid workers. (Hayes, 8)
October 24, 1929 The stock market was the last thing on the mind of most Charlestonians. (Edgar, 1998, 498)
Football action from the 1929 Big Thursday game.
Big Thursday became Black Thursday By June 1932 cotton dropped to fifty-one cents a pound the lowest it had been since 1894. (Edgar, 1998, 498) The per capita income for South Carolinians dropped from two hundred sixty-one dollars in 1929 to one hundred fifty-one dollars in 1933. (Edgar, 1998, 499)
More people in S.C. voted for F. D. R than in any other state.
As a result of the New Deal many South Carolinians were saved from starvation.
The school lunch program made a big difference for children whose families could not feed them everyday.
The Civilian Conservation Corps provided jobs for young men.
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Mayor Burnet R. Maybank His friendship with the president aided procuring funds needed for public works project. Brought the P. W. A. to Charleston. Roosevelt visited his friend 6 times in 3 years.
By 1936 South Carolina was one of six states without old-age pensions, one of fourteen without assistance for the blind, and one of two with no aid for dependent children. Local agencies could not cope with the seriousness of this crisis.
What the C. C. C. means to Me “The CCC …originally for the conservation of natural resources; but the most essential thing …is the conservation of young men , who would have become liabilities instead of assets. - D. B. Whitener To be independent, means a lot to a boy 18 years old. To be helping with expenses back home means more, and to be improving your body and mind, and to get along with others still means more. - LegareHoge
W. P. A. Beautification and culture related projects. Restoration of The Planter's Hotel (Dock Street Theatre) Funded the Charleston County Library