The Great Depression

The great depression and To Kill a Mockingbird

In the beginning

The Great Depression began on October 29th 1929, when the stock market crashed. All prices went down a lot. Tons of people tried to sell their stock; sadly no one would buy anything. With the stock market being the only way to become rich at that time, eventually became the dark pit of bankruptcy.

With the stock market being no more, many banks were forced to close down. Many American citizens panicked when this happened. A tragedy had already struck with the stock market crashing. Tons of citizens were afraid of losing all their savings so they rushed to the remaining banks. With all the withdrawals at once, more banks closed down. Those who failed to withdrawal all their savings , or didn't make it to the bank in time, went Bankrupt as well.

The Dust Bowl

Work hours had decreased also because of the lack of money. Many bosses had to lay off their workers too. Just when things had turned for the worse, the unthinkable happened, The Dust Bowl. Farmers were hit with a severe drought and horrendous dust storms. The storms made the grass disappear and destroyed the crops Even if they stayed indoors, small children still got the dust in their lungs. This hit the small farmers the worst because they usually were already in debt in the first place.

The Presidential Election

President Hoover got elected, even though he always spoke optimistically, many citizens blamed him for the Great Depression. The next presidential election came up; the candidates were President Hoover and President Roosevelt. Of course Hoover won by a mile. A lot of people had faith in him; he started by shutting down all the banks until they were stable again. Then, he made these establishments that became known as the New Deal. These establishments put an ease to the Great Depression's hardships. Many saw him as a hero, however, by the end of the 1930s, the economy was pretty bad.

In To Kill a Mockingbird...

In "To Kill a Mockingbird", the folks in Maycomb were going through a huge economic decline. A lot of families were poor, Scout's family, and the Cunninghams especially. Mr. Cunningham couldn't pay Atticus back with money, so he paid him with food, or driftwood, something useful like that.