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The Dirty Thirties. Social Effects of the Great Depression . The Praires. Severe Drought Extremely hot weather Grasshopper Invasions Dust Storms Called the “Dust Bowl” Thousands abandoned their farms. In the Cities.

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The dirty thirties

The Dirty Thirties

Social Effects of the Great Depression


The praires
The Praires

Severe Drought

Extremely hot weather

Grasshopper Invasions

Dust Storms

Called the “Dust Bowl”

Thousands abandoned their farms


In the cities
In the Cities

Thousands of people were laid off and finding work became almost impossible

As banks called back loans, people lost everything

Those who worked had to accept wage reductions

Most people didn’t have enough to live

By 1933, Canada had a 27% unemployment rate

However, because prices went down, those who kept good jobs could live very well


Hobos transients
Hobos & Transients

Thousands of people (mostly young men but some families) wandered the country in search of work

To get around, they would “ride the rods” (illegally riding on trains)

These homeless travelers were called hobos or transients

They were unwelcome wherever they went

They were often harassed or arrested when they entered town (vagrancy)

Many lived in “Shanty Towns” that formed on the outskirts of most cities

People survived doing odd jobs, hustling, stealing and eating whatever they could find (garbage, rats, gophers etc.)


Intolerance
Intolerance

Racism was at an all-time high during the depression

New Immigrants were deported if they could not find work

Immigration was severely restricted

Massive increases in racial violence and intolerance