The poem by Donald Justice tells about how people will continue to go on even if things get tough. Also, how people carried on, trying to live a normal life in a time of panic. He says that the great depression came in like a fog. It makes me think that people saw it coming but didn’t really think it was true because fog people can it coming coming but are shocked when it does come. Justice, Donald. “Pantoum of the Great Depression by Donald Justice.” Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation, 2004, www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/58080/pantoum-of-the-great-depression.
The song Brother Can You Spare A Dime by E. Yip Harburg, is about the story of a colored man. The song tells about building all of these things and how they were dressed up but now they are asking for a dime. They once had money but when the great depression hit, they had to go around asking for some money. It also says that “I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead” (Harburg). This implies that they were on the road to greatness but later on the great depression hits and the song goes on to say “can you spare a dime?” (Harburg) The song is very impactful because it shows how they had a good life but then it turns into a life of asking for money so they can survive. During the time of the songs release, people were having a hard time getting through their daily lives because of the great depression but songs can bring some people a little bit of hope when listening to it. Also, this song shows how most people went from living their lives to struggling for their lives. Gorney, Jay, and E. Yip Harburg. “Brother Can You Spare A Dime Lyrics.” I'm a Suffragette, Song Lyrics, Protest Song Lyrics. Net, www.protestsonglyrics.net/Great_Depression_Songs/Brother-Can-You-Spare-A-Dime.phtml.
One piece of artwork by Nicolai Cikovsky shows two men who look like they are working men but they have a very sad look on their faces. They are sitting by what looks to be some sort of dock or sea side. One of the men is lying down on the ground, almost asleep. The other man is sitting with his head resting on his hand, as if he is is deep thought. This piece of artwork, to me, looks like they had both lost their jobs and now they are in a state of despair. They both look like they are middle class workers but they also look worn down in a way. Their clothes are not done up well, like they just got off a hard day’s work. Nelson, Cary. “A Depression Art Gallery.” Gwendolyn Bennett's Life and Career, www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/artgallery.htm.
is a migrant mother with her three children, it seems. The mother and her family are living in this makeshift tent that has quite a few holes in it. Also, they all seem to be dressed in simple and dirty looking clothing. The photographer; Dorothea Lange, said that the family was living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields and birds her children have killed. Also, she mentioned that the mother had sold her tires from her car to be able to buy food. This honestly shows the hardships some people actually had to go through. This family really brings the great depression to a more real state, in a sense. Instead of just thinking that the great depression was an issue, the pictures give a new outlook. It makes you think “wow it really was that bad”. MLA Citation: Nelson, Cary. “A Depression Art Gallery.” Gwendolyn Bennett's Life and Career, www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/artgallery.htm.
In this article by David Leonhardt, he tells his opinion about the great depression. He writes that while yes our current state isn’t as bad as the great depression, our economy is still suffering greatly. Also, that our economy is “slowly growing back since the crisis” (Leonhardt). He says that some economists act as if the great recession never happened because of its slow growth. I think that he has a fair point but I also feel that it doesn’t relate that much to the great depression. While yes the growth after the great depression is slow, it is now the people to blame for not getting those numbers up. Leonhardt, David. “We're About to Fall Behind the Great Depression.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 12 Oct. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/opinion/great-depression-recession.html.
This article written mostly by Nick Taylor gives all the events leading up and aftermath of the great depression. Also, it explains other big events that was either caused or affected by the great depression. During that time the stock markets had fallen to an all time low which ultimately affected the people in a negative way by not having the money to provide for their families. Families had to then go to places called soup kitchens to be able to themselves and their families. The farmers especially had the harder end because seeds for their crops became more expensive and farmers were unable to purchase these seeds to grow food for their families and bring in income. The food prices dropped very low so these farmers couldn’t get much revenue for their crops. Also, unemployment rose to a new high and wages dropped drastically. Many banks failed, businesses failed and more people became homeless. The great depression affected many people. People losing their jobs, homes, and most of all, their money. This article gives a new insight on how much the great depression really affected people and what it had an influence on. With the banks failing it put people in a state of panic because they had lost their hard earned money. The great depression was one of the hardest times for people because it ultimately left these people with nothing. Leonhardt, David, et al. “The Great Depression.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 22 Apr. 2018, www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/the-great-depression.