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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?

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working conditions and the great depression
Working Conditionsand The Great Depression

Kent Klavik Mitchell Fralick

  • 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?
  • What ended the depression?
the roaring 20 s
The Roaring 20’s

20’s Dance Party

prior to the great depression
Prior to the Great Depression…

Short YouTube Clip

(The Great Depression)

black tuesday

Black Thursday in America

Black Tuesday

A newspaper article from 1929 addressing the recent Stock Market Crash on Black Thursday.

the dust bowl 1930 1939
The Dust Bowl 1930-1939

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


Abandoned Farm

"Fleeing a dust storm, Rothstein

June 4 1937, at Goodwell, Oklahoma, Love

A black blizzard over Prowers Co., Colorado, 1937.

family life
Family Life

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

labor of the great depression
Labor of the Great Depression

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

brother can you spare a dime
Brother Can You Spare a Dime
  • lyrics by Yip Harburg, music by Jay Gorney (1931)
  • (1930s Music Great Depression Songs Brother Can You Spare a Dime )
job rejection letter
Job Rejection Letter

November 1, 1929

John Doe

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

new presidency
New Presidency

Franklin D. Roosevelt

world war ii
World War II

Three Photographs of Women Working at the McGrew Machine Company, in Lincoln, Nebraska

pearl harbor december 7 1941
Pearl HarborDecember 7, 1941

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)

definition of america by stanley gottheimer 37
Definition of AmericaBy Stanley Gottheimer, '37

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

rosie the riveter miller
Symbol of American women’s contribution during WWII

Female empowerment

Over 6 million women entered the workforce during WWII

Rosie the Riveter(Miller)

World War II Discharge Papers

The depression was over after the war

The Genealogy Center

open floor
Open Floor
  • Questions or Comments?
works cited
Works Cited
  • 20's Dance Party. 2011. Photograph. www.wordpress.comWeb. 19 Apr 2013.
  • 1930s Music Great Depression Songs Brother Can You Spare a Dime . The Sound Stew, 2013. Web. 23 Apr 2013.
  • Abandoned Farm. 2006. Photograph. The Dust BowlWeb. 19 Apr 2013.
  • Black blizzard over Prowers Co.. 1937. Photograph., Western History Collection, University of Oklahoma. Web. 18 Apr 2013.
  • Black Tuesday.” New York 25 Oct. 1929: Front Page. Print.
  • “Black Thursday in America.” London Herald 25 Oct. 1929: Front Page. Print.
  • Evans , Walker. Bud Fields and His Family. 1936. Photograph. www.english.illinois.eduWeb. 18 Apr 2013.
  • “Franklin D. Roosevelt.” The White House. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
  • “Golden Gate Bridge.” All About the Golden Gate Bridge. 24 Apr. 2013.
  • Gottheimer, Stanley. "Definition of America." Magpie. June 1937: p.44. Print.
  • “Hoover Dam.” Hoover Dam. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
works cited cont
Works Cited Cont..
  • "Japan Attacks Pearl Habor Then Declares War on US." Gettysburg Times 08 12 1941, n. pag. Web. 19 Apr. 2013.
  •  Lange, Dorothea, "The Assignment I'll Never Forget: Migrant Mother," Popular Photography (February 1960
  • Love , Emma. June 4 1937, at Goodwell, Oklahoma.. 1937. Photograph. http://www.weru.ksu.eduWeb. 18 Apr 2013.
  • Miller, J. Howard. Rosie the Riveter. 2010. Graphic. Web. 10 Apr 2013.
  • “New Deal.” New Deal Programs FDR 1933 Inauguration. Web. 24 Aug. 2013.
  • Rothstein, Auther. Fleeing a Dust Storm. 1936. Photograph., Library of Congress. Web. 18 Apr 2013.
  • The Great Depression. Dir. Aaron 1912., 2008. Web. 23 Apr 2013.
  • “Triborough Bridge.” Top 10 Public Works Projecys From the Great Depression. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
  • unknown, “Bank Runs.” The View: A Classic Bank Run. 05 Feb. 2011. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
  • unknown, Dust Storm Damage 1930-1940. N.d. Photograph. library.sussex.tec.nj.u. Web. 19 Apr 2013.
  • unknown, “Grocery Clerk - postinjury, circa 1930's,” Teaching & Learning Cleveland. Web. 19 Apr. 2013.
  • “Women.” The Home Front. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.