The Great Depression

The Great Depression happened in 1930-1939 I believe. The stock market crashed in 1929. I have learned about the Great Depression in Language Arts class. We talked about what happened during the Great Depression. We also looked at pictures from it. There was this one picture called the "Migrate Mother". We had to write down what the picture meant to us by looking at it. I wrote down that she looked scared because she probably didn't know how and what she was going to feed her children. I also was wondering where her husband might be too. I couldn't imagine what life would be like worrying where your next meal was going to come from.

Around 1933 the Great Depression left 13 to 15 Americans without jobs and close half the banks according to the site called History. The site also says that during the summer of 1929 consumers quit buying products which caused unsold goods to start piling up which was slowing down production. Later on in that year America had reached levels that couldn't be justified by future earnings. The stock market finally stopped and investors started dumping shares "en masse" which means altogether. This caused a record of 12.9 million shares that were traded that day which is called "Black Tuesday" states History. We also talked about the picture with the family in the house. It looks like the family might have not had very much. They are sitting in a room, which to me looks like it might be the only room they have. The door that is behind them might be the back door or the front door. They might have more than one room. They are also probably struggling to keep all the little ones fed and clean.

It took me a second to look and figure out what was going on the third picture because there can't be a man taller than a house if you use common sense. Then we started talking about it and it turns out that this is a house in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, in 1936. Apparently they lived in the "dustbowl". During this time a vast dust storm had hit and there was so much dust that it covered up the bottom of the house. You are probably wondering what this had to do with the Great Depression but if you know Oklahoma is where most of our agriculture comes from. So with this vast dust storm hitting Oklahoma, it damaged the production of agriculture. The dust storm didn't just hit Oklahoma but the Great Plains, from North Dakota to Texas, from the Mississippi River Valley to the Rockies. The storm hit the whole region. The next picture i also found interesting was the one with the freight train. I don't know how it got there but some family had convert the train into a house in "Little Oklahoma," Cali on February, 1936. The Great Depression was hard to get though with people going hungry and possibly dying because of the Great depression. It was horrible and i hope it never happens again.

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The Great Depression