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Women in the Great Depression

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Unemployment rates actually decreased for women in the Depression, as many were forced to find work in other places. They worked in places as a nursemaid, cleaning woman, cleric or in the factory. The picture above shows a typical women's working place, as the work was considered unfit for men.

This still caused public ridicule though, as many men found that they were fired when women were being hired. One man, Norman Cousins, realised that the unemployment numbers were roughly the same as the number of women working and he said: “Simply fire the women, who shouldn’t be working anyway, and hire the men. Presto! No unemployment. No relief rolls. No depression.” But some women had to work, as they were the only supporters of their family, their husband either sacked or left the family altogether. And, as mentioned above, some jobs were considered to be unfit for men.

Of course, not all women found work. Many though, had lived in poverty for quite some time and were often too shy to line up in the breadlines. They would often go out to try and gain as much to feed their family as they could until they couldn't take anymore and simply fainted. A writer from the Depression, Meridel LeSueur, wrote: "A woman will shut herself up in a room until it is taken away from her, and eat a cracker a day and be as quiet as a mouse.” Simply put, many women often tried to go on living without the help of anyone, having being used to surviving on their own or too shy to ask for help.


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Kate Pill's comment, March 19, 2012 7:57 AM
Well done. Late this semester you will learn (or revise) how to do in-text referencing.
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Top 5 Causes of the Great Depression

What were the top causes of the Great Depression in the United States? Here is a list of the top five causes of the Great Depression.

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Jeff Michels's curator insight, April 21, 2014 3:20 PM

A good idea is to write a thesis showing how these causes are related.

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Stock Market Crash of 1929 - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com

Stock Market Crash of 1929 - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com | The Great Depression vs. The Great Recession | Scoop.it

Find out more about the history of Stock Market Crash of 1929, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com


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Awesome footage and information.  Please explore.

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Top 5 Causes of the Great Depression

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This is a link that states the top 5 widely agreed upon factors leading to the Great Depression. Quickly summed up, those are:

 

1.The Wall Street Crash in 1929, dubbed Black Tuesday, is believed to be the largest contributor to the Great Depression, signalling the beginning of it. By December, over $40 million in stocks had been lost.

 

2.By the 1930s over 9,000 banks had failed. Because they were uninsured, many people just simply lost all their money, and the remaining banks grew careful to give out loans.

 

3.With economic stability deteriorating people grew less confident with their money and bought less items, thereby forcing businesses to decline and making more people unemployed. With more people unemployed less money was spent and more jobs lost.

 

4.With failing businesses, America created the Smoot-Hawley Tariff, increasing import taxes to lower international trade and help secure American businesses.

 

5.Not directly associated with the Great Depression, a drought in Mississippi Valley of such great proportions forced many farms to sell for little profit and increase unemployment numbers.


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Facts About The Great Depression

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Facts About The Great Depression. Scholars have a lot of studies about the economic crisis and Facts about the Great Depression are interesting to read.
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A very consolidated website that delivers facts about the Great Depression in a simple, easy to read way.

 

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Soup Kitchens Caused the Great Depression, AFF Edition ... - Blogs

Soup Kitchens Caused the Great Depression, AFF Edition ... - Blogs | The Great Depression vs. The Great Recession | Scoop.it
The blog Social Democracy for the 21st Century has a fascinating post about Austrian patron saint Ludwig von Mises in the Great Depression, and his attempts to make sense of what was happening. It's a revealing story, ...
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