Presentation on theme: "Hardship and Suffering During the Depression"— Presentation transcript:
1Hardship and Suffering During the Depression Chapter 14 Section 2Hardship and Suffering During the Depression
2EmploymentMany people found themselves out of jobs for years; women, African American men, Mexican American men were discriminated against in the workplace and became targets of hostility
3HousingMany unemployed people lost their homes; many homeless lived in the streets or in shanty towns; many farmers lost their farms.
4FarmingFarmland already exhausted through overproduction was hit with drought and winds, turning the plains into a dust bowl; dramatic decrease in farm prices and income; many farmers lost ownership of their farms and were forced to become tenant farmers or farm laborers.
5Race RelationsIntense competition for jobs sparked existing racial resentments into open hostility and violence; in 1933, 24 African Americans were lynched, thousands of Mexican Americans left the U.S. voluntarily or were deported.
6Family LifeThe Depression strengthened family ties, but also increased family tensions; some men abandoned their families, discouraged by their inability to provide for them; women also faced greater pressures to provide for themselves and their families.
7Physical HealthPoor and homeless people scavenged or begged for food or turned to soup kitchens and bread lines; poor diet and lack of health care increased rates of serious health problems; malnutrition and starvation grew more common.
8Emotional HealthMany people became demoralized; suicide and admissions to mental hospitals increased dramatically; people were forced to accept compromises that would affect the rest of their lives; some people came to want financial security more than anything else in life.