[2016] Jade Geisenheimer: Daily life in the 30s

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[2016] Jade Geisenheimer: Daily life in the 30s

Times were hard but through it all society pulled through, civilians were hopeful, optimistic and full of life, at least most were. They still did many enjoyable things like pllaying instruments, and dancing, and signing, and drawing and although it wasn't fun all the time I can say their life is similiar to our in the sense that not everything is fun and games. You need to work to provide for your family and yourself and although at times things seem hopeless you can't give up because there will always be something better for you around the corner. Like Emily Dickinson once said "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all." Click here to listen to some music from the time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAyT8XUSEDUClick here to look at some portraits from the time : http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/depwwii/art/portrait.html


Harvesting or obtaining crops at the time was difficult for most everyone, no type of refrigaration existed so most food went bad quickly. Dust and lack of rainfall made it nearly impossible to even get one patch of crops to stay alive in time to harvest them and livestock died due to dust filling their lungs during dust storms and lack of food. Even when livestock lived they didn't produce much. Click here to read more about crop production and farming in the 1930s : http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/life_01.html

Wheat! Wheat! and More Wheat!

Everyday Routines

Life in the 1930s was rough, money was low, prices were high, death was at every turn but families still managed to live their lives as best as they could. They still followed daily routines, losing many of the things that were at one point necessities. Basic things like food, water, clothing, turned into luxuries. Click here and watch this short video to learn more about the everyday routines of the majority of the population in the 1930s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkAfjRolNCI.

Daily Life In The 1930s

Jade Geisenheimer

Another Day, Another Dust Storm

Dust, powerful dust, dust as black as a raven upon the night, dust that would surely over power the people caught in the dust storms in the 1930s. Due to inflation caused by the great depression around 1929 the amount of planting happening was increased causing the land to dry up this created giant clouds of black dust that swept through towns like tornados and wreaked havok on the civillians below. They killed crops, livestock, and even people. Learn more about this from reading the story Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse here : http://www.amazon.com/Out-The-Dust-Karen-Hesse/dp/0590371258 or listening to it here : http://www.audible.com/pd/Kids/Out-of-the-Dust-Audiobook/B002V0PNIQ

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A dust storm overlooking a farm


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