The Great Depression Life


The Great Depression

    The Great Depression was an economic slump in North America, Europe, and other industrialized areas of the world that began in 1929 and lasted until about 1939. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world.

Children Life

During the Great Depression childrens life was a daily struggle. Family’s had no food, clothes or water. Children were sad and had a really hard time living. Many kids died due to hunger or diseases. Children had no joy and freedoms of childhood. For Christmas kids got food as a present, some had no present because their parents couldn’t afford it. When segregation came along white kids left their homes at night to talk to their black friends. They didn’t care what color their friends were, they were still good friends.


Lunch for some families consisted of bread smeared with lard which is pig fat. One particular family had such little bread that they would put mustard all over it to get them full for the day; that one day the family got very sick and died of eating to much mustard. The very symbol of the Great Depression was the breadlines. A breadline was a block-long line of people waiting to get free food from the Mission Church or the Welfare Agency. A year after the G.D. started a man with the name of Studs Terkel went to Hoovervilles and asked people about their life and one man spoke up and said " After my mom taught me the things she learned for 5 min. I would run down to the breadline with a nickel to buy the farmed bread. It's just when you get the good stuff there's always someone around the corner to take it.


During the Great Depression, which began in 1929 and lasted approximately a decade, shantytowns appeared across the U.S. as unemployed people were evicted from their homes. As the Depression worsened in the 1930s, causing severe hardships for millions of Americans, many looked to the federal government for assistance. When the government failed to provide relief, President Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) was blamed for the intolerable economic and social conditions, and the shantytowns that cropped up across the nation, primarily on the outskirts of major cities, became known as Hoovervilles. The highly unpopular Hoover, a Republican, was defeated in the 1932 presidential election by Democrat Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945), whose New Deal recovery programs eventually helped lift the U.S. out of the Depression. In the early 1940s, most remaining Hoovervilles were torn down.Multiple factors led to the Great Depression, including the U.S. stock market crash in October 1929 and the widespread failure of the American banking system, both of which helped destroy society’s confidence in the nation’s economy. Additionally, although the 1920s, also known as the Roaring Twenties, had been a decade of prosperity, income levels varied widely and numerous Americans lived beyond their means. Credit was extended to many so that they could enjoy the new inventions of the day, such as washing machines, refrigerators and automobiles.

Selling Apples during the Great Depression

Many people lost their jobs during the Great Depression. Coming from this, people had to make do in many ways. Around the beginning of the Great Depression, an apple company decided to sell apples to people on credit, who in turn sold the apples. Five cent apple sellers could be found on street corners.

Depression Definition

The definition of the Great Depression was that it was the economic crisis and period of low business activity in the U.S., roughly beginning with the stock market crashing in October, 1929 and continuing through most of the 1930's. In my opinion it means : You make a living while your living.

Interesting fact

Major Bank Collapse

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd 1931 at 7:15pm

New York

On Dec. 2, 1931 the New York Bank collapse's in the largest bank failure to date in American history. $200 million dollars disappear, and the bank's customer's are left holding bag.