A look at what it was like to live through the Great Depression.
Dustin Payne's insight:
The author uses rhetoric in this website to give a impression on the survivors of The Great Depression. With interviewees from The Great Depression, a lot of them gave good answers to show they were the best survivors. For example one of them said "In retrospect, the situations caused by the recession could have been much worse"(Return To Black Tuesday). The interviewee uses rhetoric here to show things could have been worse and that she was a very strong person. Some survivors began to be thankful for what they had after the The Great Depression. For example "Today, we’re surviving relatively easily. But 83 years ago, those living in Canada and the United States weren’t quite as fortunate"(Return To Black Tuesday). This person is gald for everything she had and was a very strong person.
Part 17 of a complete online history, The Rise of Adolf Hitler - From Unknown to Dictator of Germany, at The History Place.
Dustin Payne's insight:
The author uses rhetoric in htis website to sum up the international problems from the Great Depression. The worst place hit was Germany because of how bad they suffered from everything. The German economy was especially vulnerable since it was built upon foreign capital, mostly loans from America and was very dependent on foreign trade."(The History Place). The author uses rhetoric here to give a good example of what exactly happened in the counrty of Germany. Along with the economy failing in Germany, the people were having a great deal of problems with life. "As production levels fell, German workers were laid off."(The History Place). Germany had it the worst out of anybody and it was no question.
News about the Great Depression (1930's). Commentary and archival information about great depression (1930's) from The New York Times.
Dustin Payne's insight:
The rhetoric used in this website was bandwagon and pathos to show the what the Great depression was and how it affected the nation They struggled greatly on trying to stop the situation, trying to get everything under control, and following orders from the president. For example "President Herbert Hoover, a Republican and former Commerce secretary, believed the government should monitor the economy and encourage counter-cyclical spending to ease downturns, but not directly intervene"(New York Times). Due to the poor hanlding of this event, it caused chaos for not only the government, but the whole nation as well. Everyone in the nation tried to help with stopping this, but no matter what they did, they had very bad fortune. For example "Men and women returned home from fruitless job hunts to find their dwellings padlocked and their possessions and families turned into the street"(New York Times). The author's purpose is to prove what people were facing from this and how rough life was from there on out.
The author uses rhetoric in this website to show how times got worse for people because of the Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl was a very tragic event that happend during the Great Depression that made times worse for families. "The Dust Bowl was a ecological and human disaster that took place in the southwestern Great Plains region of the United States in the 1930's. It was caused by misuse of land and years of sustained drought. Millions of hectares of farmland became useless, and hundreds of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes"(The Dust Bowl). The author uses rhetoric here to give off a sad connotation to show you what else people delt with along with the Great Depression. The dust bowl made everything worse for everybody because of how long it lasted. "The Dust Bowl lasted about a decade. Much was learned about cultivation in dryland ecosystems. Because of these new cultivation methods, subsequent droughts in this region have had less impact"(The Dust Bowl). People had tasks of dealing with both The Dust Bowl and The Great Depression.
The other uses rhetoric in this website to show you an understanding of what happened to people and their lives. The employment rate and the monney owned by the nation both decreased causing family members not being able to support for their families. "Numbers soon proved the optimists incorrect. The depression steadily worsened. By spring of 1933, when FDR took the oath of office, unemployment had risen from 8 to 15 million (roughly 1/3 of the non-farmer workforce) and the gross national product had decreased from $103.8 billion to $55.7 billion"(Great Depression 1929-39). The other uses parllelism here to give a better picture of what exactly happened. Everyone got a bad taste from this, but others were hit worse. "The poor were hit the hardest"(Great Depression 1929-39). The author used pathos here to basically show the poor already had problems in the beginning and things just got worse for them.
The author used bandwagon for his rhetoric to prove that the Great Depression was the most horrific event in American history. America was a strong producing country until the stock market crashed and evrything fell apart from their. "During the Great Depression, American production was primed to run on all cylinders, but sales had slowed down to a standstill"(The Great Depression). The stock market crash was the worst possible that could happen at this time for American production. America had necer faced or handled anything like this before and it was unexpected. For example "It was the longest and most severe depression ever expierienced by the industrialized Western world"(The Great Depression). The author wrote this to express how bad this situation really was because no one nation had ever expierienced anything like this.
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