Life During the great depression

The Dust Bowl was an agricultural, economic, and social disaster that occurred on the Great Plains of the U.S. during the 1930's. Poor farming practices, severe drought, and high winds devastated the Farmland, and created huge dust storms that killed thousands. The Dust Bowl forced thousands of families to move west.
Soup kitchens were places for the poor to go to eat. During the Great Depression many people went to soup kitchens to get their daily meals. They were held in multiple locations including outside and in churches.
Herbert Hoover was the 31st President of the U.S. During the Great Depression his efforts to ease the country out of the depression weren't very effective. Many during the time thought some of the Great Depression was his fault.
The Hoover Dam was instructed to be created by President Hoover during the Great Depression. It was created to provide cheaper Hydro-Electric power to a wider area of people. It also provided jobs for thousands during the Great Depression.
Bonus armies were composed of thousands of people.Those people were WW1 Veterans trying to collect their bonus' early to help support their families. These bonus armies held thousands of marches in their efforts.
Franklin D Roosevelt was the President of the United States during the latter part of the Great Depression. His efforts to stop the Great Depression included the New Deal. He eventually set up programs to help American and entered the U.S. into WWII.
The New Deal was several programs to help bring America out of the Great Depression. They were mostly a political approach to the issue. They followed the to "Three R's" program of relief, recovery, and reform.
Dorothea Lange was a photographer and journalist in the Great Depression.
"Migrant Mother" is one photograph in a series taken by Dorothea Lange. In the photo is a young mother who was 32 at the time. Dorothea took the photo to help bring attention to the starving families during the Great Depression.
Many people were forced off their land and farms during the Great Depression. These people desperately searched for work even if it was far away. Eventually they started illegally taking trains to reach the work.
Shanty towns were small and not high quality. They were the towns created by the poor who were unable to afford any other living. Many referred to them as "Hoovervilles" because they blamed President Hoover for them.
In the Great Depression many of the unemployed ended up aimlessly wandering or scavenging through trash. Eventually bread lines, similar to soup kitchens, started to appear to feed these people. Places like churches and charities funded and held bread lines.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a relief program for people without jobs. It allowed for those without any skills to get jobs to support themselves. It provided all living essentials along with a job.
The Wagner Act is an important act passed in the Great Depression that helped regulate work. It also allowed for workers to form unions. This allowed for unfair payment to stop.
The Tennessee Valley Authority was a federal program put in place to provide Tennessee and its neighboring states with essentials. It also became one of the largest power providers in the U.S. Another thing covered was river travel.
The Agricultural Adjustment Act was a law that basically payed farmers not to produce from their farms. It was to reduce the amount of surplus food in America. By reducing surplus, the price of crops and livestock would rise, hopefully helping to fix the economy.
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