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Vocabulary List

 

- Tinkering: a person skilled in various minor kinds of mechanical work; jack-of-all-trades.

 

- Disintegrated: to separate into parts or lose intactness or solidness; break up; deteriorate

 

- Phenomenon: a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable

 

- Squatter: a person who settles on land or occupies property without title, right, or payment of rent.

 

- Cynically: showing contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality by one's actions, especially by actions that exploit the scruples of others.

 

- Hoovervilles: a collection of huts and shacks, as at the edge of a city, housing the unemployed during the 1930s.

 

 

- Faltering: to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way

 

- Boondoggle: a product of simple manual skill, as a plaited leather cord for the neck or a knife sheath, made typically by a camper or a scout.

 

- Stimulus: something that incites to action or exertion or quickens action, feeling, thought, etc

 

- Plummet: Also called plumb bob. a piece of lead or some other weight attached to a line, used for determining perpendicularity, for sounding, etc.; the bob of a plumb line.

 

Vocabulary Sentences

- Stop tinkering with that clock and take it to the repair shop.

 

- The old book is gradually disintegrating with age.

 

- To study the phenomena of nature.

 

- There was a squatter in my lawn.

 

- The politician betrayed his promises in a cynical way

 

- Hoovervilles were named after President Herbert Hoover.

 

- She was faltering while she stood up to give her speech.

 

- To boondoggle investors into a low-interest scheme.

 

- The approval of others is a potent stimulus.

 

- Overfishing has caused fish populations and catches to plummet.

 

 

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Primary Document #3- Hooverville

Primary Document #3- Hooverville | Hoovervilles | Scoop.it
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This video shows the struggles of the Great Depression. It identifies all the things going wrong during the depression. It also shows statistics about the stock market crash. It films it back then so that makes it a primary source.

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Primary Source #1-Hoovervilles During the Great Depression - American Memory Timeline

Primary Source #1-Hoovervilles During the Great Depression - American Memory Timeline | Hoovervilles | Scoop.it
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These pictures are about the Hoovervilles that were made because they got evicted from their homes. Some people lost their jobs and couldnt pay things off. Others had to leave their homes because their parents told them they couldnt stay because there wasnt enough money to support everyone.

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Website Connecting #2-From Hooverville to Obamaville

Website Connecting #2-From Hooverville to Obamaville | Hoovervilles | Scoop.it
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the unemployment rate rose to a high of 24.9% in 1933, fell to 14.3% in 1937, and rose again to 19.0% in 1938 after six years of Keynesian tinkering by the Roosevelt administration.
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Historic Website #1-Hoovervilles

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During the Great Depression, untold numbers of homeless people built shantytowns known as Hoovervilles across the U.S.
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Great Depression Letter

Dear Mom,

 

            How are you? I hope you are doing well. I’m just writing to you to inform you about this whole deal of the Depression that’s happening. I am having a bad time living in my shack ever since I got evicted from my house. Many people live here in the Hoovervilles. I thought President Herbert Hoover was going to help us out of our depression but his volunteerism and localism plan are not working up to this day. Many people were trying to get away to look for jobs, food and hope so they started jumping trains and riding the rails, many older children were either asked to leave or left on their own also looking for work and food, these people were called Hobos. My uncle told me he was leaving because of the banks closing; all his money was lost after that. My living conditions are much worse than his though, I have stood in a bread line for around 2 to 3 hours for just a couple pieces of bread. It is really hard to live down here like we use to. There are many Okies down her ma’, they came down here because of the depression and the Dust Bowl happening in the panhandle. I heard it was very bad, farmers are always trying to find new things to keep the dust from coming back in their house, but it still goes in. I don’t really know how I heard all these things and how I know a lot of these things but I guess I get around a lot. I don’t like this Depression at all mama, ever since the Stock Market Crash in 1929 everything started going down from there. Everyone began to sell their stock because they started to lose confidence and didn’t want to finish their investments. October 19th, on Black Tuesday investors started selling there stock very quick because there was a major drop in prices, they were panicking and that cause the stock markets to wipe fortunes away. I also heard that Hoover called out the Army to force the Veterans out. I thought that was rude, they just went up there to ask for their compensation that they deserved. Oh mama, I wish this would end, I’m tired and I want to get a real house. I like this shack but I would rather live in a warm place during the cold and a cool house during the hot days. I hate that I see many children suffering through this mama, that’s why I’m lucky I don’t have a family yet so, or else I would suffer even more. I hope the Depression hurries out because there are many children sick because of the filthy home and the little amount of food they receive. I see any faces I use to see happy sad and worried now, but they still smile for their children. I hope my uncle Bob does move and get a nice home unlike mine. Elections are coming back this year and I hope there is some good competition against Herbert Hoover or that he doesn’t run for office again, because I’m sure he wont get back in office so why would he even try. I hear that someone that’s next in office will help the depression end. I hope they do elect a new president so we can a new feeling and will help us get some hope back. All these horrible things happening here are just horrifying. But I have to make the best of it right now; I believe this is going to get better.  Mama the depression caused a lot of people to loss their jobs, there were a lot of unemployed people, and if they kept their jobs they got budget and hour cuts. Many people including me lost their homes because of eviction, and last but not lest the people’s health was bad. They people either ate poorly or not at all. I am scared for some of them, mostly the children and big families. I see it hard for my self but I can’t imagine having to feed more than one person. It must be hard to keep food on the table and then eat yourself. But I believe the Depression is going to end pretty soon but not soon enough. The next president will help us become a strong nation once again and I truly do believe that. As soon as Herbert Hoover gets off office Franklin D. Roosevelt will come and change our lives for the better like we lived before. I’m excited to see how our future is. Well mama I’ll leave you to do what you do best. I hope to see you soon and be able to hug you like when I was little. I love you mama.

 

                                                                        Sincerely,

                                                                                    Kassandra Yanez-Lozano

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iMovie- Hoovervilles

american history, hooverilles, the life of the homeless
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Primary Document #2

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This website has many pictures of Hoovervilles and of the Great Depression. It shows the struggles that people went through during the Great Depression. These pictures were taken back then to show what people were going through when they lost their jobs and were evicted from their homes.

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Website connecting #1-The return of Hoovervilles

Website connecting #1-The return of Hoovervilles | Hoovervilles | Scoop.it
While the Obama administration dispenses with trillions of dollars to the finance industry, homeless encampments—reminiscent of the “Hoovervilles” of the Great Depression—have reemerged in a number of American cities.
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