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Hard Times and Unemployment. By the end of 1932—12 million Americans were unemployed Hawley-Smoot Tariff raised tariffs on foreign goodscut U.S. exports and imports People starting cutting out luxuries and food No Rent $=moved to Hoovervilles  shantytowns

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Hard times and unemployment

Hard Times and Unemployment

  • By the end of 1932—12 million Americans were unemployed

  • Hawley-Smoot Tariffraised tariffs on foreign goodscut U.S. exports and imports

  • People starting cutting out luxuries and food

  • No Rent $=moved to Hoovervilles shantytowns

  • Millions went hungrytwo-thirds of all children in NYC suffered from malnutrition

Hard times and unemployment

“Here you will find men living in homemade ‘houses’ constructed of box wood and lumber, begging description. Many curious folks come out ‘Shantytown’ and a guide eagerly shows one around with explanations as to who is who and what is what in ‘shantytown.’ Any donation you may give is part of the community chest and shared by all dwellers.”

--Brady Stewart, photographer, Pittsburgh, 1930

The penny auction

The Penny Auction

  • When farmer could not pay their mortgages, the banks foreclosed on the property and sold the farms at public auctions. Local farmers would gather at these auctions. Someone in the crowd would bid around fifteen cents, and bids rarely went above a few dollars before the bidding stopped. This forced the auctioneer to halt the sale

Riding the rails

Riding the Rails

  • Pick two individuals from the video to study.

  • Listen to their story and record information about their lives during the Great Depression.

  • Record general information about the conditions faced by teenagers

  • Assessment: You will be writing a five paragraph essay on the life of teenagers during the Great Depression.

    • Introduction: Experiences of teenagers

    • 1 paragraph per person (2 paragraphs)

    • Experiences of women from reading

    • Conclusion

Information to seek

Information to seek

  • Why did they leave their home?

  • What were their experiences on the road?

  • How did they feel about themselves during the Great Depression?

  • What problems did they face during their travels?

  • How did their experience during the Great Depression affect their childhood?



Clarence Lee

Peggy De Hart

  • Clarence Lee

Hard times and unemployment

Charlie Bull

Rene Champion

Hard times and unemployment

John Fawcett

Jim Mitchell

  • White man with derby and blue coat

Hard times and unemployment

Bob “Guitar Whitey” Symmonds

Writing specifics

Writing Specifics

  • A Thesis statement BOLDED within your introduction paragraph.

    • Thesis allows the reader to know what the rest of the paper will tell them.

  • A topic sentence for each body paragraph with focusinsight to what the paragraph will be about.

  • Conclusion statement which restates your thesisBOLDED

Women on the breadlines 1932

Women on the Breadlines, 1932

  • What was the family structure during the Great Depression?

  • How did young women and girls survive during the Great Depression?

  • How does the plight of unemployed women differ from that of men?

Women on the breadlines

Women on the Breadlines

  • The family structure during the G.D. was brokenparents and kids were out looking for jobs all the time

  • Many young girls offered themselves to older men so they would be taken care of for their services

  • Women had a lot harder time getting a job over a man who probably had a family at home to provide for

Problems and effects of g d

Problems and Effects of G.D.

  • As you read, describe the problems and effects of the Great Depression.

  • Discuss the social, economic, and cultural changes due to the Great Depression.

Effects of g d

Effects of G.D.

  • Both

  • Unemployment

  • Poverty

  • Eviction

The great depression a struggle to survive

The Great Depression: A Struggle to Survive

  • Assess the impact of the Great Depression on the lives of Americans during the 1930s.

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