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 thefarmlan and created huge dust storms that killed thousand. The Dust Bowl forced thousands of families to move west
A shanty town or squatter area is a settlement of plywood, corrugated metal, sheets of plastic, and cardboard boxes. Such settlements are usually found on the periphery of cities, in public parks, or near railroad tracks, rivers, lagoons or city trash dump sites. Also called Hoovervilles, because they blame president Hoover for them being there.
he programs were in response to the Great Depression, and focused on what historians refer to as the 3 R's, Relief, Recovery, and Reform. Relief for the unemployed and poor, recovery of the economy to normal levels, and reform of the financial system to prevent a repeated great depression.
Unable to find work and seeing that each job they applied for had hundreds of seekers, these men wandered without fundd. Begging, picking over refuse in city dumps, and finally getting up the courage to stand and be seen publicly in a bread line for free food. To accommodate them, charities, missions, and churches began programs to feed them.
A soup kitchen or food kitchen is a place where food is offered to the hungry for free or at a below market price. Frequently located in low income neighborhoods, they are often staffed by volunteer organisationss. Soup kitchens sometimes obtain food from a food bank for free or at a low price, because they are considered a charity.
hobos were people who were poverished. They traveled for work, often finding little work. Many got their meals from soup kitchens or breadlines.
The Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado Rive. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover.
Many of the war veterans had been out of work since the beginning of the Great Depression. The World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924 had awarded them bonuses in the form of certificates they could not redeem until 1945. Each service certificate, issued to a qualified veteran soldier, bore a face value equal to the soldier's promised payment plus compound interest. The principal demand of the Bonus Army was the immediate cash payment of their certificates.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed as part of the New Deal. Originally for young men ages 18–23, it was eventually expanded to young men ages 17–28.Robert Fechner was the head of the agency. It was a major part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.
When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in March 1933, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression.Farmers faced the most severe economic situation and lowest agricultural prices since the 1890s. Overproduction and a shrinking international market had driven down agricultural prices. From this Congress came the Agricultural Adjustment Administration to replace the Federal Farm Board.
Dorothea Lange was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration. Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.
The photograph that has become known as "Migrant Mother" is one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made of Florence Owens Thompson and her children in February or March of 1936 in Nipomo, California. Lange was concluding a month's trip photographing migratory farm labor around the state for what was then the Resettlement Administration.
The Works Progress Administration was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is an independent agency of the federal government responsible for insuring deposits made by individuals and companies in banks and other thrift institutions. The FDIC insures deposits up to $300,000.
The Social Security Act of 1934 was created during Franklin D. Roosevelt 's first term by the President's Committee on Economic Security, under Frances Perkins, and passed by Congress as part of the Second New Deal. The act was an attempt to limit what was seen as dangers in the modern American life, including old age, poverty, unemployment, and the burdens on widows and fatherless children. By signing this act on August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt became the first president to advocate federal assistance for the elderly.
Herbert Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. He was a professional mining engineer and was raised as a Quaker. A Republican, Hoover served as head of the U.S. Food Administration during World War I, and became internationally known for humanitarian relief efforts in war-time Belgium. As the United States Secretary of Commerce in the 1920s under Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, he promoted partnerships between government and business under the rubric "economic modernization". In the presidential election of 1928, Hoover easily won the Republican nomination, despite having no elected-office experience. Hoover is the most recent cabinet secretary to be elected President of the United States, as well as one of only two Presidents elected without electoral experience or high military rank.
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