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 practice, 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.
As unemployed people were evicted from their homes, shantytowns started to appear across the U.S. Many people sought the government for help once the Depression worsened, but the government failed to do so. Shantytowns, also called Hoovervilles, were located primarily on the outskirts of major cities.
Thousands of unemployed residents who couldn't pay their rent or mortgages were evicted to breadlines. Men wandered without money begged and picked refuse of the city dump. Eventually, men would finally get the courage to be seen publicly waiting in the breadline for free food.
Soup kitchens started in 1929 when people started to feel the Great Depression. They were ran by churches or private charities when soup kitchens first came out. What was served was many soup and bread. Soup was economical because if necessary, water could be added to serve more visitors.
Dorothea Lange was born in 1895 and died in 1965. She's been known as America's greatest documentary photographer. She is best known for her chronicles of the Great Depression and for her photos of migratory farm workers.
"Migrant Mother" is a photo that was took by Dorothea Lange during the Great Depression on February or March of 1936. This photograph was made of Florence Owens Thompson and her children in Nipomo, California. Florence was a hungry and desperate mother when this photo was taken.
The Works Progress Administration was later renamed in 1939 to the Works Project Administration. WPA was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal Agency. It employed million and unemployed people, who were mostly unskilled men, to carry out public works projects such as construction of buildings and roads.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a federally owned corporation in the U.S. It was created by congressional charter in May 1933. This was to provide navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacturing, and economic development to the Tennessee Valley.
John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. He died in 1925. He was the third child of Olive Hamilton and John Ernst Steinbeck. When he was 4 years old, he was given his own pony which was an inspiration for his series "The Red Pony." In 1919 he attended Stanford University.
Franklin Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 and died on April 12, 1945. He was commonly known as FDR. He was an American statesman and a political leader. He served as democratic President of the United States from 1933-1945
Herbert Hoover was born on August 10, 1874 and died on October 20, 1964. He was the 33rd President of the United States. He served as president from 1929-1933. Hoover was raised as a Quacker and was a professional mining engineer.
Hoover Dam was once known as Boulder Dam. It was constructed in 1931 and was finished in 1936 during the Great Depression. It is located in the U.S. on the border of Nevada and Arizona. It is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado Rover.
Securities and Exchange Commission is an agency of the U.S. federal government. It enforces federal security laws, proposes securities rules, and regulates the security industries.
The Bonus Army was composed of 43,000 marchers. 17,000 of those marchers were World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups. They gathered in Washington, D.C. in the spring and summer of 1932 to demand cash-payment redemption of their service certificates.
Hoboing was a special part of the Great Depression years. Some's experiences were often times thrilling, more interesting, and adventurous although they left there homes out of necessity. Hobos often left home very young.
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