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Compare the Great Depression to what's happening in today's economy, causes and effects, timelines, the Dust Bowl and farmer migration, FDR New Deal, 1929 stock market crash, and more.
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The Dust Bowl And Its Role In The Great Depression

For years, American farmers overplanted and poorly managed their crop rotations, and between 1930 and 1936, when severe drought conditions prevailed across much of America’s Plains, Dust Bowls were created. Soil turned to dust and large dark clouds could be seen across the horizon in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and New Mexico. Topsoil was carried by the ton from barren fields, across hundreds of miles of Plains in the driest regions of the country.

 

 

Black Sunday, April 14, 1935, a day when winds reached top speeds of 60 miles per hour, prompted an AP reporter to coin the term “dust bowl” for the first time.

 

 

 

Throughout the 1930s, more than a million acres of land were affected in the Dust Bowl, thousands of farmers lost their livelihoods and property, and mass migration patterns began to emerge as farmers left rural America in search of work in urban areas. This migration added to Great Depression unemployment woes, stressed relief and benefits programs, and created social strife in many large American cities.

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January 2, 2007: Winfrey opened a school for disadvantaged girls in Henley-on-Klip, which is south of Johannesburg in South Africa. The $40 million academy aims to give 152 girls from deprived backgrounds a quality education in a country where schools are struggling to overcome the legacy of apartheid. She said she also planned to open a second school for boys and girls in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal. Source: MSNBC, February 27, 2007.

December 25, 2007: Winfrey's Harpo Productions Inc. produced The Great Debaters, which was released by MGM Distribution Company. Source: New York Times, December 29, 2007.

January 15, 2008: Winfrey announced a deal by which she will take over the Discovery Health Network, which she will rename the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Source: E! Online, January 15, 2008.

December 31, 2008: Through her foundation, Winfrey gifted $365,000 to a private inner city academy in south Atlanta, Georgia.Source: USA Today, January 3, 2009.

 
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Oprah Winfrey - Biography

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Due to her ability to read and write before the age of three, when enrolled in school she was often promoted several grades ahead of her age. Oprah at the age of six went to live with her mother, Vernita Lee. Vernita worked as a maid, so Oprah was often left alone at home with her cousins. Oprah due to her busy mother was paid little attention to at home, this is what prompted Oprah to started misbehaving and talking back to her mother. Vernita Lee then decided it was best Oprah live with her father in Nashville Tennessee. Oprah while living in Tennessee, found out her mother was pregnant and her mother requested for her to come back to Milwaukee to live with her mother and half-sister. When Oprah was nine she was raped by her nineteen year old cousin who was baby sitting her. This wouldn't be the only time she was sexually abused she would then be sexually abused by her cousin, a family friend,her mother's boyfriend, and her uncle during her stay in Milwaukee. Toward all these incidents, she never told a soul because the predators swore her to silence. At the age of thirteen Oprah ran away from home, this was due to her years of abuse and at the age of fourteen she became pregnant with an ill son who died shortly after birth. Oprah took the death of her son as she was given a second chance in life. Oprah's mother sent her to live once again with her father in Nashville,Tennessee. Oprah's father was very strict and made education the number-one priority for Oprah.

Oprah attended Nashville East High School. Oprah during high-school wasn't precisely certain toward what she wanted to do, however she knew it was something with speaking or drama. Oprah was also elected school president and met with president Richard Nixon being apart of public speaking classes in her high-school.

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Alicia Keys Honors Oprah Winfrey at Keep a Child Alive Benefit Ball - i101 FM

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Oprah Winfrey, and to raise money for an AIDS-free Africa and India, a cause dear to the New York native's heart.

The annual fundraiser benefits the singer's Keep a Child Alive foundation, which Alicia launched in 2003 to provide treatment and support to families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.

Keys had originally scheduled her ninth annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball for November 1, but it was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. The 31-year-old singer told ABC News Radio on the red carpet that she was also personally affected by the storm.

"We did lose a lot of equipment, but that means nothing to people that lost their homes and lost their jobs," she said.

Along with Winfrey, Grammy Award-winning singer/activistAngélique Kidjo was also honored during the ball, which featured performances by Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Bonnie Raitt and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.

"I'm proud to celebrate two incredible powerhouse women. I'm proud to bring people on the stage that have never been together and perform quite in this way they will tonight," Alicia said of the evening. "And I'm just really proud of Keep a Child Alive because this is a great accomplishment for me...it's something that's really important and special and I'm just really proud of it."

 
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The My Hero Project - Oprah Winfrey

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In 2003, Oprah became the first African-American woman to reach billionaire status, according to Forbes Magazine. She has broken through cultural, geographical and gender barriers, letting the world know it’s not your circumstances, but your heart that determines how far you go in this world.

In 1991, this abuse survivor initiated a campaign to establish a national database of convicted child abusers. Then-President Clinton signed the "Oprah Bill" into law in 1993. In the aforementioned interview, Oprah stated:

“A part of my mission in life now is to encourage every other child who has been abused to tell. You tell, and if they don't believe you, you keep telling. You tell everybody until somebody listens to you…I don't want another child to be afraid of saying, ‘This is what happened to me’.” 

 

 

In the late 1990s, Oprah became a big player in the literary industry with her “Oprah’s Book Club.” Any book she chose became an overnight best-seller. She also began her own magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, where readers can find more of the same inspirational, go-get’em tales and down-deep celebrity interviews, as seen on her show.

But during Christmas 2002, her life changed when she traveled to South Africa to bring holiday cheer to the children. She calls those 21 days some of the most miraculous of her life.

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Oprah's Charity Work, Events and Causes

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Details of Oprah's support for charities including Clinton Foundation, Oprah's Angel Network, and Red Cross. We have 102 articles about Oprah's philanthropy.
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When it comes to being benevolent and giving to charity, one person comes to mind: Oprah Winfrey.

She has donated millions of dollars to various charities and organizations, with most of her money going to three foundations: The Angel Network, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation.

Using her talk to show to publicize The Angel Network, Winfrey has said that 100% of any donation you give, goes directly towards funding a project. Some examples of the projects are The Oprah WinfreyLeadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and Rebuilding the Gulf Coast.

The Oprah Winfrey Foundation is run exclusively by Oprah Winfrey. (You can not donate to this organization, because it’s funded by an endowment.) The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation was initially created in 2007 to give money towards the Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Through these organizations, Winfrey has truly established herself as an altruistic person. She has extended her arm and influence far and wide throughout the world.

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When it comes to being benevolent and giving to charity, one person comes to mind: Oprah Winfrey.

She has donated millions of dollars to various charities and organizations, with most of her money going to three foundations: The Angel Network, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation.

Using her talk to show to publicize The Angel Network, Winfrey has said that 100% of any donation you give, goes directly towards funding a project. Some examples of the projects are The Oprah WinfreyLeadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and Rebuilding the Gulf Coast.

The Oprah Winfrey Foundation is run exclusively by Oprah Winfrey. (You can not donate to this organization, because it’s funded by an endowment.) The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation was initially created in 2007 to give money towards the Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Through these organizations, Winfrey has truly established herself as an altruistic person. She has extended her arm and influence far and wide throughout the world.