Life During the Great Depression

The Dust Bowl was an agricultural, economic and social disaster that took place during the 1930's on the Great Plains of the U.S. Poor farming practices, extreme drought and high winds destroyed the farmland of the Great Plains. Severe dust storms were created that would blackout entire towns, destroy farms and kill thousands. Thousands of families were forced to migrate to California.
These areas were where the unemployed would be grouped in when they failed to acquire assistance from the federal government. They were also known as "Hoovervilles" because President Herbert Hoover was blamed for these poor economic and social conditions. So these shantytowns were plotted across the nation among the outskirts of major cities.
The New Deal was a series of domestic programs in the United States between 1933 and 1938. It wasn't necessarily a success to ending the depression, but it did restore working programs for many employers and employees. The Civil Conservation Corps was probably the most successful part of this "New Deal", where the Federal Government would send 3 million single 17-23 year old men to the forests of the nation to work, living in camps and working in ditches, building reservoirs and planting trees.
A line of people would be waiting to be served food that came from charity organizations to help feed the unemployed, homeless, poor, etc. These are what are known as breadlines. More than 12 million unemployed Americans were a part of these.
As a contributor to the breadlines, soup kitchens were waiting for these unemployed, starved Americans. Not only have there been these public charity organizations operating them, but the Federal and State governments were contributing as well. Al Capone has also started one of the soup kitchens.
A hobo is another term for homeless person, a tramp, or vagrant. More of them came around during the Great Depression era; most of them being farmers or even farmers with their families. People went out of business and couldn't keep running them, so while they couldn't bring money in, they couldn't pay for their utilities, homes, etc. So they would be evicted of their shelters and end up on the streets.
Structured in 1931 and opened in 1936, Hoover Dam was to tame the Colorado River, make a border between the state of Nevada and the state of Arizona. Also, this provided water and hydroelectric power for developing in the southwest. Construction within the time frame was challenging as crews were exposed to the carbon monoxide in tunnels and dangled from heights of 800 feet to clear canyon walls.
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