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The Great Depression, Year 10 History

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This is a school project which must be completed during Year 10 History unit on The Great Depression, which was a huge event that took place worldwide. The crisis involved Australia in an economic depression including unemployment, women, families and communities to whom lived there at the time. It occurred during the decade of World War II starting in 1929, but getting at its worst in 1932. A significant event which took place because of The Great Depression, was the collapsing of Wall Street. This was another awful event to think about while families were already suffering with so many terrible events taking place. It also includes a great number of people all around the world losing their jobs, so once they lost their jobs, people started to spend less money on everyday needs. This led to many businesses going downhill as people were buying less, resulting in more people becoming unemployed.

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Sport during The Great Depression

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During The Great Depression, a significant event which took place during the time was all sporting events. Many people share a love for sport, and becomes a huge part in their lives. Most people pay a fee and decide to join some form of sporting club which they enjoy and play games either competitively or for fun. But during the time of the Great Depression, it wasn’t as easy as putting a few dollars aside for sporting pleasure. Many people were forced to give up what they love, and only play with whatever sporting equipment was already provided as not many people had the money to go out and buy equipment, so they were able to play around the house with or sign up with a sporting team. Many of the successful clubs had to make pay cuts in price tickets as nobody had the money to pay to watch a sport game in action. Also during the Great Depression Phar Lap was a famous race horse who captured spirit. He had a huge heart and was known to love everyone as Australia's wonder horse. Unfortunately as time went on, he was poisoned leading to a regrettable tragic death. At this point in time, people were concerned and wondering what is happening to the world as nothing seemed to be going right. Phar Lap was an innocent race horse who was poisoned, if bad things happen to the good, people were left worried as to who would be next.

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Unemployment and The Great Depression

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Unemployment was the main topic The Great Depression revolved around. Starting to become a problem in 1929, it struck at its worst in 1932 leaving many people unemployed and struggling to live their life with no financial stress. During this time 25% of people in the United States of America became unemployed, 32% in Australia and 40% in Germany keeping in mind these numbers varied throughout the years not always having a positive outcome. As time went on and people started losing their jobs, less money was spent on less important things and was saving for the things in live that matter! In saying this, businesses became unsuccessful having to let go of a great number of their staff leaving even more people job-less. As you could imagine, this did not have a positive impact on the community at the time. It was a terrible time for most families, but people never gave up on job-searching or in finding anything they could possibly do to make a little more money! During 1932, it came to the point where parents would do just about anything to become employed and being able to
provide for the people they love.

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Family and The Great Depression

Families also struggled with great difficulty to live a normal lifestyle during this time. Parents were becoming concerned as they were not making as much money as they  needed in order to provide for their families with ease. Several pay cuts were made leaving families striving for every last cent. Overall, The Great Depression changed marriages and couples relationships in many ways, couples delayed wedding and waited to get married as not many people could afford to have the wedding of their dreams, divorce rates dropped by a huge amount as it was too expensive to pay all legal fees as well as supporting two households, and birth rates dropped below the replacement levels for the first time in all American History. But this did not only affect America, but happening all around the world including Australia, Germany and people who were in link to their communities, families and businesses. A great amount of stress was put on families as income rates dropped 35%-40% during the main four years it took place. Some families turned to relatives and close friends for help and support during the dramatic time. Other families struggled to cope with the new conditions, and unfortunately ended up falling apart. Families were often forced to leave their homes and farms, and go elsewhere in order to life a happier, healthier and wealthier lifestyle.

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YouTube clip on The Great Depression

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rilAoBUDCPo 

This is a YouTube clip which shows a lot of emotion towards people and how an average life was lived during the unfortunate time. It explains times of unemployment and how people were in desperate need to find a job based in the 1930's.

 

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Phar Lap YouTube clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-pe5e0F86s&feature=related

 

This is a heartbreaking YouTube clip in memory of the famous horse Phar Lap. It includes primary source photographs, short facts about Phar Lap and memories which gave Australia positive hope and spirt during the time of The Great Depression.

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AUSTRALIAN unemployment rates during The Great Depression

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This is a statistic which shows Australia's unemployment rate during the time of The Great Depression. It links to the topic of 'Unemployment and The Great Depression' on my scoop.it. As you can see Australia was also at its worst during the early 1930's with nearly 25% of Australians falling under the category of 'unemployed'.

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AMERICAN unemployment rates during The Great Depression

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This is a photograph showing the unemployment rate in the United States of America starting at 1929, leading all the way up to 1942. The Australian unemployment rate is shown in the photograph above. As you can see, the American rate was at is worst in 1932, then started to settle a little bit. But unfortunately in June 1938, the rate started to grow again leaving many innocent people in need for money and unemployed. Thankfully in June 1942, the rates were on the way to being nearly back to normal. This included several people getting an almost average income to live a happy and healthy life style, with no financial stress. This statstic links to the topic 'Unemployment and The Great Depression', as it shows the different rates throughout the years the event took place.

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The book 'Phar Lap' and me

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After Phar Lap had become well known, and the unfortunate death event had taken place, many people became even more connected with the famous horse. Books, biographies and articles were all made about him, including one called 'Me and Phar Lap', which was one of the best-selling books made in memory of him.

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Woman and The Great Depression

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This is a photo of a typical woman during the time of The Great Depression in the early 1930's.  It truly was an extremely difficult time for everyone present whilst The Great Depression was occuring. Everything was known to be so much harder without women there, aw they always showed love and support during the unfortunate time. It was not often that people ever went hungry, or gave up in believing what they feel is right. Although it was the greatest economic crisis ever faced, the women knew that life must go on, so they pulled through with great difficulty knowing that women as a group, would not be able to end The Great Depression alone. Everyone had no choice but to live on tight budgets, even if that meant women would be buying food which is a day old, warming dishes in the oven to save gas, and getting second hand values in order to be financially stress free. Even the more wealthy women had no choice but to face income reduction, which then had an unfortunate impact on their everyday life style. During this time, the average woman would have made approximately $20 a week to cover all living expenses including food, shelter and clothing. Indigionious women especially found it easier to maintain a job than their husbands, as they would have worked as domestic servants, clerks, textiles workers and many other decent occupations.

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Bibliography

Australian Government (unknown). (2009). Unemployment in Australia.Available: http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/great-depression. Last accessed 10th March 2012.
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Susan Ware. (2009). Woman and The Great Depression. Available: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/historynow/03_2009/historian4.php. Last accessed 13th March 2012.
Frederick,A. (2000). The Great Depression. Available: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/snprelief1.htm. Last accessed 14th March 2012.

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