This article includes some statistics as well as charts, however the author uses “I” throughout the article. David Leonhardt, the author of this article, expresses his feelings on why our country fell apart, and how we could prevent this from happening again. He states upsetting facts about unemployment rates, followed by saying “no wonder so many Americans are angry and frustrated.” This article isn’t very long, however it is full of information and opinion. I am not super familiar with the great Recession, however I learned a lot about it from this article. It was interesting on how he turned facts into opinions.
This documentary on the Great Depression had helpful visual representations. There were true stories given by people that were alive at the time. You can hear the anger in their voice as they tell their story. Most of the stories that were told were given by men and women that were around 11 years old at the time. They explained how everyone hit a dead end with money, food, etc. Families didn’t know what to do with their children, and everyone was fighting for their lives. Families all across America were selling their most valuable items in order to make money to survive. People sold furniture, wedding rings, and even their homes. I hope our country never comes close to hitting this point again. With all of our modern technology and learning from our past, I don’t see this being an issue in the near future.
Not every painting is during the time of the Great Depression. However, the ones painted in the 1930’s are dark and mainly show working people. Some art shows miserable faces, while others show people cutting down wood. The lack of color in the paintings sets the mood of the 1930’s. Although lots of older artwork seems to lack color, the darkness of these paintings seem intentional. Not all the artwork was named, however the ones that are named are negative. For example, a painting from 1929 was titled “Days of Wrath”. This specific piece of art shows crooked buildings and a large group of angry people. It doesn’t require a lot of thinking to figure out what this picture is about. I noticed that the art that was made with color use darker shades. The photo above clearly shows color, however when you look at the people, they look like zombies. Although this is a sad painting, it expresses how people felt when they had nothing left.
The song “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” by Jay Gorney came out around 1931. The perspective of this song is showing a strong opinion. He is indirectly showing anger and depression about this time period in multiple lines of this song. The lyrics appear to be showing the hard work all of the people are providing, and receiving nothing in return. This song is meant to show how brutal this time was for almost a million people. The writer succeeded in doing this by using descriptive words that are depressing After reading this song a few times, I truly felt awful for what these people had to go through. The Great Depression is the definition of rock bottom in the history of our country. I imagine this song being very slow and gentle to express the sorrow of the workers and people.
Although the time of the Great Depression was time of great misery, the photos taken are quite beautiful. Life back then is no where near how life is today. Seeing these photos help show how the world was before we were born. Out of hundreds of photos, none had someone smiling. Everyone looked the same and showed no emotion in he pictures. Living conditions looked brutal when everyone was selling their land for money. Families were living on dirt and rocks. The photographs make this even more real than you could ever imagine. The photos of towns and buildings even had a gloomy mood to them. Nothing had much value and disappointment was shown from these photos.
The stock market crash began the great depression in our country. It was so important. When that fell, there was a domino effect until there was nothing left. The article thoroughly explains the fall of our country in order.The data given about banks and money is mind blowing. Not only does it give great details and statistics, but it gives the perspective/ reaction of known people such as President Hoover. I learned a lot from reading this article. Something that makes this article stand out more than others, is that more famous names were given while explaining the fall.