TKAM Project: The Great Depression

By : Katie Severe, 4th Period

Pictures of the Great Depression.

What is the Great Depression?

The Great Depression was not only a nightmare that affected millions of people, but one of the worst depressions in the industrialized western world. It lasted from 1929 to about 1939. However, what caused this massive depression? In October 1929, there was a stock market crash at the New York Stock Exchange. By 1933, eleven thousand of the twenty-five thousand banks had failed and twenty-five to thirty-five percent of the work force were unemployed. Soon, this tragedy became international. Germany and Great Britain were also affected by the Great Depression. People decided it was time for a new president. In late 1932, democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of the United States. He tried increasing government regulation and public-work projects, but they both failed to help society and the economy. In 1939, World War Two had started. This helped unemployment because a lot of people were employed in factories to help with the war. During the Great Depression, government didn't do that much to help, but now the government makes sure to ensure economic stability! Today, there is no depression and our economy is safer.

How is the Great Depression shown in "To Kill A Mockingbird"?

The Great Depression hit the Finch's very hard. However, not as hard as the Ewell's. The Ewell's literally lived in filth. They live "like animals", according to Atticus. The Cunningham's were also affected by the depression. They couldn't pay Atticus with money, so they had to pay him with a bushel of potatoes. Walter Cunningham can't even get an education! On page thirty-two, Walter says,"' Reason I can't pass the first grade, Mr. Finch, is I've had to stay out ever' spring an' help Papa with the choppin' but there's another'n at the house now that's field size.'" Also, when Walter was at the Finch's eating dinner, he ate a ton of food! He drenched his meal with syrup, too! All in all, the Great Depression was a big component to this moving story.

What does the Great Depression mean?

The Great Depression was a life-changing event that gave our government a new perspective on the economy of America. However, what does it mean and why is it called what it is called? The definition for "depression" is, " a period during which there is less business and many people lose their jobs." Great means big or giant. This implies that the Great Depression was the biggest depression in United States History (which is a true statement).