The Burn. The Great Depression was finally in full swing by late 1929 and people reacted to it differently
The Great Depression was finally in full swing by late 1929 and people reacted to it differently
Men – those who were laid off of work would go and walk the streets looking for work. After a year or three of no work, some would become so discouraged they would stop or leave their families to fend for themselves and become hoboes
Women – women canned food, and became expert household budget makers. They worked, but were used as scapegoats.
Children – state regulations were relaxed on child labor and schools closed which caused many school age children to enter the workforce.
People lost their jobs and were kicked out of their homes.
They lived on the streets.
They lived in a shanty, eventually forming a shantytown. They used newspapers as blankets. Soup kitchens provided food for lunches for free or for extremely low prices.
Farmers lost their land to the bank.
The Midwest was hit the hardest between some of the farming practices they did and a drought that hit during the very early thirties
It dried out the depleted soil and created huge dust storms. The worst areas were called The Dust Bowl. Thousands of families moved west on Route 66 finding eventual homes on the West Coast
Hoovervilles = Shantytowns
Hoover Blankets = Newspapers
Hoover Flags = Pockets pulled inside out
Hoover Tourists = Teenagers touring the country by rail
Hoover Leather – cardboard used to line the inside of a shoe with a hole worn through
Hoover Wagon – a car with horses tied to it because the owner couldn’t afford gas.
Hoover Flush – a busted flush in poker with only four cards of the same suit instead of five.
Hoover Hogs – wild rabbits that country people caught for food.