Summary: The song is all about in the pass using “once I “ very often. Yip Harburg is singing about his past life saying how he used to follow his glorious dreams, he liked to build buildings and train tracks, but now he has to be waiting in line to eat bread. Since he had nothing during the great depression he constantly says, “Brother can you spare a dime.” stating that he doesn't have any money whatsoever. Yip Harburg was a song lyricist and well known for his social commentary on his lyrics and for liberal sensibilities. Reflection: In my perspective, this song started off very positive, saying how he was following his dreams and everything was perfect in his life to now having to wait in line just to get pieces of bread. It's so heartbreaking how many people were very happy one day but then the next day they are struggling like never before. The lyric that was repeating often was “brother can you spare me a dime” really got to me. I just think about how they are pocket empty struggling to just get a dime, not a dollar, but a dime. A dime is nothing, i know it was back then and the values were cheaper but a dime just means you don't have anything at all.
Summary: The poem tells the reader how times were during the great depression. Saying how she could see all the mess that's going on outside of her window, how there is no light, no signs of humanity, just dirt. How there is no trees but very little of grass. For many families living beside a train was their only option. She also states how she's ready to leave her house because she mentions that her clothes are waiting for her beside the door with sadness. She states how her house is a mees and relates her house with what's going on outside in the world saying “ to see if things were as bad somewhere else as they were at home. They wore-and worse.” Reflection: In my opinion this is exactly how people were struggling back then in the great depression. It's very hard to read this poem, it almost brings tears just reading how they were living a very nice American dream life to now living as homeless. It's so unfair how the banks messed up and they didn't really do anything for a while. Many people died and starved, and a lot of families were left in the streets helpless because of no money. Reading this poem just brings me fear and think to myself if we are ever going to have another severe problem like this one ever in our era and if we are going to have the right leaders to fix it if it ever happens. MLA Citation: Emerson, Claudia. “Great Depression Story.” Poetry Foundation, Dec. 2006, www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=48935.
Summary: In this political cartoon shows a guy making a mistake by just pressing a button from the ATM. While he was pressing it the whole bank was chartered into pieces leaving him confused. At the very back of the drawing there is a women with a serious look on her face looking at him while she was right beside a building handling the home loans which that was destroyed too. To the right side of that there is another person with a shocked face on him. Reflection: The cartoon is trying to tell us that everything was destroyed, from banks to home loans. The cartoon is just trying to get the audience to know that it was just a mess and you couldn't really do anything about it. What I don't get from the cartoon is that why did the guy said “oops”, it just shows him pressing a button to withdraw money. Aslo where the building was destroyed there is a sign that is upside down that says “FDIC” I don't know if that's just there to add some letters into the drawing or there's an actual meaning behind it. MLA Citation: “Discover Ideas about Great Depression.” Pinterest, www.pinterest.nz/pin/345721708875540679/.
Summary: This image shows a mom with her two sons in a poor area or such called hoovervilles. The mom looks very desperate but sad of having to deal with this problem while holding her new born baby tight on her hands. The young boy by her side also looks sad and just deeply thinking. It also shows how the young boy is holding on a stick that's connected to their shelter, maybe because it can't support on nothing else so he has to be holding it constantly. Reflection: This picture here makes the audience mood change to sad, angry or maybe confused. First the black and grey colors in this picture already set a negative mood, and for me just looking at the baby makes me want to cry. The young boys face just looks so dead, feel bad that he's not going to experience a childhood, that he's not able to play with his friends and just have fun, but instead having to worry about what to eat and helping out her mom because of the baby. The look on the moms face is just full with emotions, maybe she's thinking of how she really dreamed of living an American dream but now her dreams are shattered and she’s struggling to live. MLA Citation: J.C. “The Economists.” Photographs of the Great Depression , Oct. 2012, www.economist.com/prospero/2012/10/22/looking-back.
Summary: In this article, they were blaming everything on president Hoover. They were calling him bad names and people actually looked at him as the worst president of all time. People hated him so much just because of his lack of effort to end the great depression. Many others thought he even made it worse than it really was. He was just telling companies and business what to do but not setting specific hard rules, in other words he was not a good leader. Reflection: In my opinion I am on the public's side, president Hoover didn't really do anything about this situation. It makes me so mad, I feel like the problem could have been fixed much quicker then it really was, but Hoover didn't take big steps into the situation. Thousands of families were in his hands but he decided to wait and due to his actions many died because of lack of shelter or just starvation. MLA Citation: Rosenberg, Jennifer. “The Great Depression.” ThoughtCo., www.thoughtco.com/the-great-depression-1779289.
Summary: During the year 1929 the stock market crashed, people were devastated and didn't know what to do. Many wanted their money back from the bank but the bank didn't have it. Hundreds of thousands became homeless and some were starving. One out of four people were unemployed from their jobs. It became a serious problem for people to look for a job while taking care of their family. Reflection: I bet it was very hard for families at that period of time to handle this situation. To think you have money on your bank to all of the sudden not have anything. Happy families who had everything now went to living in the streets or such called hoovervilles. The cause of it was because many lost their jobs so that led to not paying your own private bills. MLA Citation: “The Great Depression: Newspaper Headlines from the Stock Market Crash (1929).” Click Americana, The Library of Congress , clickamericana.com/topics/money-work/great-depression-newspaper-headlines-stock-market-crash-1929.