Presentation on theme: "14.2 Hardship and Suffering During the Depression"— Presentation transcript:
114.2 Hardship and Suffering During the Depression What hardships were caused by the Depression?
2Suffering to Many Millions lost jobs; some went homeless or hungry Cities across the country were full of homeless who lived in shantytowns, which were little shacks made of scrap materialSome ate at soup kitchens, and others stood in bread lines to receive free foodMinorities had a harder time both receiving work and earning as much as white workers
9ContinuedViolence was directed towards minorities from whites who felt that their jobs were being taken “unfairly”Rural areas and farmers were hurt; 400,000 farmers lost their land from 1929 to 1932Food prices dropped during this time, making farmers unable to earn what they deserved
10The Dust BowlA drought hit the Great Plains during this time; there was little rain from Texas to North Dakota and the soil had been broken up over timeThe soil was exhausted from over-farming; when the winds picked up, the soil simply blew awayHuge dust storms covered the plains and dust blew as far as the East Coast
13Effects on FamiliesSome families were resilient in hard times; others broke apart from the strainMen were often ashamed that they couldn’t provide for their families; some left to wander the country looking for workWomen worked, but often were not regarded as being ‘important’ as men and paid less
18ContinuedChildren suffered terribly from poverty; many had poor diets and no health careDuring the Depression the government did not give direct relief, or cash or food directly to the poor peoplePeople were unable to pay taxes, so some cities were unable to keep schools open for a full term, or closed in generalChildren often worked to help their familiesRates of suicide and mental illness skyrocketed during this timeMany young people gave up dreams of college