In the 1930s farmers had a drought called the Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl got its name because there was a drought and there was only dirt on the ground and the strong wins and storm clouds was caring the dirt making it to dust and it was getting everywhere. There was a lot of storms in this time period, there was so many dust storms 100 millions of farmer’s acers had lost most of their topsoil. The article states, “By 1934, it was estimated that 100 million acres of farmland had lost all or most of the topsoil to the winds” (The Dust Bowl.) A lot of things was buried in the dust such as in your yard, doorstep, cars, in your food, in your home, and it would even get in your face. People would get sick from breathing in the air which was filled with dust and it would go into your lungs. The doctors were calling this sickness dust pneumonia. In conclusion, the Dust Bowl was not fun, there was dust on everything, and people were getting sick from breathing it in.
This man helped American people get their faith back in themselves because of the Great Depression and he lead America out of the Great Depression, this man is Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was elected president on November 1932 untiled he died in 1945. The Congress did a program to help business, agriculture, unemployed, and people who was going to lose their farms and homes through the Tennessee Valley Authority program. In 1935 people where still against Franklin Roosevelt, because they were scared because he took the Nations off of the gold standard, allowed not much money for a certain amount of time, and he didn’t like the demand of labor. The article tells us, “They feared his experiments, were appalled because he had taken the Nation off the gold standard and allowed deficits in the budget, and disliked the concessions to labor” (Franklin D. Roosevelt.) Roosevelt depended peace for the United State and Russia, because he loved and hoped that international difficulties could be fixed. In conclusion, Roosevelt fixed the Great Depression, but he was still feared of the thing he was doing trying to fix it.
The radio was such a big thing in the 1930s, but why though? Back then there was no television that you could watch because there was no sound, they weren’t common, and no one could have offered them because of the Great Depression. There wasn’t just song on the radio, there was also stories. The whole family would gather around to listen stories, the most popular one that every woman enjoyed was Our Gal Sunday this one was about a small town girl finding love with an Englishman. Another one that everyone loved was Jack Benny and Fred Allen, they were comedies. Radios could inspire people, like the Lone Ranger, The Shadow, and could give you good advice to live by. On Wednesday night at 8, people would listen to One Man’s Family this one also inspired people. The article states, “On Wednesday nights at 8pm when the public tuned in to One Man’s Family they were greeted with the opening: ‘Dedicated to the mother and father of the younger generation and to their bewildering offspring.’” (Radio in the 1930s.) There was news broadcast that kept people updated to what is happening in the world. One of them was when Hindenburg airship exploded in 1937. In conclusion, we can tell that the radio was a way to get away from the troubles in the 1930s, and just listen to famous stories, music, and news.
Could you imagine not having any food, work, or a home for 10 years. Well this did happen, it was called The Great Depression. In the U.S the stock-market prices started to fall in 1929, and people said this is what might have caused this crisis. In late 1932, the prices dropped 20% just in three years. This article says, “During the next three years’ stock prices in the United States’ continued to fall, until by late 1932 they had dropped to only 20 percent of their value in 1929” (About the Great Depression.) Unemployment rate started to rise, between 12 – 15 millions of people did not have a job. This happened because banks where failing and had to close the bank. The United States was not only effected by this, there was Germany and Great Britain. Almost 25% or 6 million people in Germany did not have any jobs at all, but Great Britain was really not effected, the only thing was its industrial and exports was seriously depressed until World War II. In conclusion we can see that the Great Depression wasn’t fun, you had no job, any place to live that you had to live outside, and you were always hungry.