Working Conditions and The Great Depression. Kent Klavik Mitchell Fralick. Synopsis. What was it like before the Great Depression? What caused the collapse of the economy? What was life like during the 1930’s in America? What was the Government doing to help?
Kent Klavik Mitchell Fralick
20’s Dance Party
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(The Great Depression)
A newspaper article from 1929 addressing the recent Stock Market Crash on Black Thursday.
Drought hit Eastern US in 1930, and by 1934 the Great Plains was turned into a desert
Affected 500 million acres(500 miles*300miles)
Drought and poor agriculture practices
Thousands fled to California for work but many stayed in the region
"Fleeing a dust storm, Rothstein
June 4 1937, at Goodwell, Oklahoma, Love
A black blizzard over Prowers Co., Colorado, 1937.
Bud Fields and his family. Alabama. 1935 or 1936- Walker Evans
Many families lived together in 1 room shacks, caves or even sewer pipes
Families survived off of wild weeds, buying leftover food and home grown food
Marriage and divorce rate was down
High desertion rate
Birth rate below replacement rate
Displaced children roamed the country
Lange, Migrant Mother
Grocery Store Clerk
One in Four people were unemployed
Women became the breadwinners because they cold be paid lower wages
Children were hired because their small size and lower wages
Injuries were very common place
November 1, 1929
1234 Front St, New York, NY
Dear John Doe,
As you know we have received many applications and interviewed a number of candidates for the Branch Manager position, and we have determined that we are no longer seeking an individual to fill the position. We are closing the location down due to the sudden down turn in the economy.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that you have not been selected for the position and to thank you for your time. You are a very qualified candidate and would look forward to you applying to jobs in the future.
We wish you every personal and professional success with your job search and in the future.
First Nation Bank
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Three Photographs of Women Working at the McGrew Machine Company, in Lincoln, Nebraska
Attacked by the Japanese Imperial Headquarters
Over 2000 American Soldiers Killed
Numerous Navel Boats Destroyed and Damaged
Hundreds of Aircraft Destroyed
Congress votes to enter WWII
The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
America is a hundred and twenty millions of peoples;
a thousand industries; mountains,
waterways, and prairie.
America is a drum-beat
calling together the farmers
to oust the "redcoats."
America is the ring of an axe,
—death knell of the virgin timber—
in the crisp northern air.
America is a factory whistle
hooting out the night shift,
hooting in the day.
America is a timecard;
a pay envelope;
a five buck raise;
a curt "You're fired!"
America is creditor of the world America is Desolate debtor
Dazed by dry,dancing dust
-his farm blowing away
Europe is mellow wine,
well-aged for the epicure;
a fine, moldy, smelly, old cheese.
America is the grape unbrushed,
the milk and cream unchurned
—but beginning to sour.
Mountains, waterways, and prairie,
A thousand industries;
A hundred and twenty millions of people
Over 6 million women entered the workforce during WWIIRosie the Riveter(Miller)
The depression was over after the war
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