The Great Depression

By Christian Heinzelman

The Great Depression (backround)

 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.The Great Depression began in the United States but quickly turned into a worldwide economic slump.

How it affected Maycomb County

Small towns affected

Life in rural areas during the Depression was hard. Because prices for crops were very low, farmers received little for their efforts. They could not repay the loans that they had taken out on their farms in more prosperous times, and many lost their houses and farms.As the hard times deepened, the Red Cross and the government set up stations to dispense food and other necessities to the needy. Out in the country, there were not as many food stations, so people had to travel long distances to town to receive supplies. This trip was a hardship because few had transportation or the money to make the trip.

Quotes symbolizing Depression

"There was nothing to buy and nothing to buy it with""Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop . . . [s]omehow it was hotter then . . . bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning."The use of Hoover. Hoover was a slang term meaning poor or low quality, He was the president at the time that led them to the great depression.