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The Great Depression


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The Great Depression

  1. 1. The Great Depression By: Maddy Siebold, Emily Shearman, Megan Ryan, John Onorati, Jens Peterson, Jane Gross, and Robyn Clifford-Howard
  2. 2. Brief Summary The Great Depression was said to have begun with the stock market crash in October 1929. Two months after the crash, stockholders had lost over 40 billion dollars. Throughout the 1930s, people lived in poverty. People throughout the country were in need of food, clothing and shelter. It was a time of dept, unemployment, poverty, and hunger. It is one of the lowest points in American history, and will never be forgotten.
  3. 3. Causes of The Great Depression • Problems in Industry • Problems in Farming • Drought conditions • Consumer spending • No need for goods • Distribution of wealth • Stock market crash of 1926 • Bank Failures
  4. 4. Effects of The Great Depression • Over thirty-four million Americans unemployed • Massive poverty • Homelessness • Devastation on American Farms • Only food being imported and exported • People not able to care for their families • Death caused by starvation
  5. 5. Dept • Very easy to fall into debt during the Great Depression • Farms had to be sold. Therefore taking away family incomes • No personal profit for the seller • High pricing on housing and living expenses brought several people into dept • Dept caused people to owe their employers money
  6. 6. The Dust Bowl • Violent dust storms • common occurance in the panhandle region • Over cultivation and drought caused millions of tons of topsoil to be blown into the air • The dust reaching as far as New York • These dust storms gave the “dust bowl” its name.
  7. 7. Children and Teenagers • Most children who had working parents had an everyday life • In some households, when parents became employed, the children took over the working role. • Began work at a very young age • Played board games such as “Scrabble”, “Monopoly”, or cards • When the weather got better, most children left school to maintain their family’s fields • On these farms, children had to do things such as hauling water, gathering eggs, tending the gardens, and finding useful wood • 250,000 young people were homeless during the depression. Most of these homeless teens became Nomads and traveled on highways and rail roads • A quarter of the nations homeless people were young children or teens