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Family Life and Communities during the Great Depression. By: Sami Burnett, Emily Carle, Courtney Panek, and Isabella Pilkey. http://activerain.com/blogsview/144183/9-1-california-families-out-of-1-000-have-lost-their-home-to-foreclosure-. Standard of Living.

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Family Life and Communities during the Great Depression

By: Sami Burnett, Emily Carle, Courtney Panek, and Isabella Pilkey

http://activerain.com/blogsview/144183/9-1-california-families-out-of-1-000-have-lost-their-home-to-foreclosure-


Standard of Living

  • Middle Class went into poverty

  • Hard time paying for homes, cars, food

  • Moved into cheap housing- Hoovervilles for poorest

  • Lived on very little money

  • Didn’t buy new clothes for anyone but father

  • Desperate for work and money

http://www.erroluys.com/HowAmericansHelpedEachOtherDuringtheGreatDepression.htm


Family Income

  • Below $1,500 a year for 12 million Americans

  • -below the poverty line for a family of 4

  • - in todays figures- $15,000

  • Most families had one working person

  • Older children may take the father’s place for income

http://www.amistadresource.org/plantation_to_ghetto/the_great_depression.html


Family Activities

  • Sunday morning radio shows

  • Told stories

  • Did anything that didn’t cost money

  • Family tensions were common

  • -short tempers

  • -fighting

  • -lack of confidence

http://www.squidoo.com/depression-era-cooking


Jobs and Responsibilities of Family Members

  • Father worked in the family- usually the only one

  • Women worked only if necessary

  • Children went to school

  • Oldest son often left school to support the family

  • Oldest daughter took care of children

  • Mother stayed at home unless she had a job

http://m.weeklystandard.com/blogs/incomes-have-dropped-twice-much-during-recovery-during-recession_750068.html


Family Life for Blacks

  • Had more trouble with living than whites

  • Had more trouble than whites finding houses

  • Lived in poorest homes

  • Forced to work longer hours and for less pay than whites

  • Had more troubles finding jobs

  • Faced discrimination everywhere

  • Didn’t cross racial paths with whites

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression


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