Hardships during the Great Depression
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Hardships during the Great Depression
How most people lived during these times
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.Demoralizing- Cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope; dispirit.Losing work and having to wait in breadlines and then not being able to get a job, plus with wives and kids getting a job was demoralizing men.

 

2.Dark Soil- fine, rich, healthy soil.When farmers had dark soil it meant that they will have good crops.

 

3.Hoovervilles- a shantytown built by unemployed and destitute people during the Depression of the early 1930’s.People were so desperate to have a roof over their heads that they built hoovervilles out of stuff from trash cans and garbage dump.

 

4.Itinerants- a person who travels from place to place.People who couldn’t find jobs in their town became itinerants in search for job.

 

5.Municipal- of or relating to a city or town or its governing body.Municipal resources tried to help people during the great depression but ran out of funding fast.

 

6.Voucher- a small printed piece of paper that entitles the holder to a discount or that may be exchanged for goods or services.They made vouchers and gave them to the people so that they could shop at grocery stores again.

 

7.Pitchmen- a person delivering a sales pitch.There were alor of pitchmen once all the vendors started popping up all over the place.

 

8.Lukewarm-(of liquid or food that should be hot) only moderately warm; tepid.The soup they gave during the great depression was lukewarm, water like, and barely had vegetables.

 

9.Encampment- a place with temporary accommodations consisting of huts or tents, typically for troops or nomadSoldiers had to make encampments during long missions from base.

 

10. Breadwinner- a person who earns money to support a family.Women became the breadwinner of the house once their husband could no longer get a job.

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Connection from then to now

Connection from then to now | Hardships during the Great Depression | Scoop.it
Failed banks. Panicked markets. Rising unemployment. For students of history, or people of a certain age, it all has an all-too-familiar ring. Is this another Great Depression? Not yet.
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Is today another a great depression?

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Letter

Joe Johnson

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My name is Joe Johnson and I am a survier of the Great Depression. I was born into it during what seemed to be the hardship of everything. I had to learn really quick by the age of nine i was out on my own, well me and my older brother James, who soon died a couple years later from a heat stroke. At my age things were hard to come by not to many people could actually had the things that we have today such as the food, shelter, money. Growing up we barely had any clothing or anything that people think that they must have. Times that I went without eating meals for weeks, There were times that i remember eating out of trash cans simply to find a snack to munch on. A lot of times kids would fight for scraps of food even a single grain of corn. Lines would form out of soup kicthens to get the smallest portion of food. Most times people would only get a piece of bread, a couple grains of rice and maybe a piece of meat if they could find anything. Being born into something like this wasn't a fun thing, I honestly felt that this is how people in the holcuast felt.

 

About the time that I was 14, I remember going to a train stop (where most of the kids and some young adults would go) to catch the next train and try and find a place to either be feed again or find work. sometimes i would be lucky and find them both this rarely happened though. On a Saturday evening, the train was coming to a stop in what seeed to be a busy county. My brother and I were the first to jump off the train, no matter how things got me and him always stuck together. We ran out towards the horizion and found a house sitting maybe 7 or 8 blocks down the road. They were an old couple kind of fragile looking, I thought that we would never be able to get work their, but James insisted that we try. So because he was older I felt that I had to listen. James asked the lady " Could we either bunk or even work for food here" the lady replied " you may bunk as long as you want but no food shall be provided". The expression on our faces must have told it all. I learned real quick that there are people in the world that are out to help you. A couple weeks later James went out for food and he told me to stay behind it was too hot for me to be out. James left at mid-day by sun down he hadn't returned so I went to find him. Couple blocks down my brother lay dead in the street. They say he just passed out, but there was a lady that was by his side. She say her name is Sausha. I had no clue who she was but James told her about the place we called home.

 

We returned to place to see if she was able to stay Mrs. Mays said that it was pkay but she had to advide by the same rules. She had gave us clothing that where her out grown son before he passed. I stayed with Mrs. Mays and Mr. Mays Until I was 21. The only reason i left is because things in life were getting better. Sausha became like my sister in a way. I protected her, gave to her, and everything i possibly could. On Sausha's 21st Birthday I had just turned 22 a week before. Little did she know she had James Birthday. I felt that he was always with me in a way On that day I came and took her with me to the house that i had brought for us . 2 years after we had moved out Mrs. & Mr. Mays had died. They were like out parents I couldn't pay for a funeral so we had our own funeral. Many times til this day I still think where would I be without them.

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Connections To Today.

Connections To Today. | Hardships during the Great Depression | Scoop.it
During the Great Depression, many kids were malnourished or sent away from their families. The children of the Great Depression...
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Website #1: Life During the Great Depression

Website #1: Life During the Great Depression | Hardships during the Great Depression | Scoop.it
Life During the Great Depression - Read first-hand accounts and stories from people who experienced the hard times and crash of the Depression. Learn what life was like.
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Primary Document #1

Primary Document #1 | Hardships during the Great Depression | Scoop.it
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