[2014] Kathleen Loftus (CS30202Spr15): The Great Depression

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[2014] Kathleen Loftus (CS30202Spr15): The Great Depression

The Great Depression1929-early 1940's

Herbert HooverPresident Herbert Hoover underestimated the seriousness of the crisis going on and believed it would only last for 60 days. He was blamed for the Great Depression. He did not think the government should offer help to the poverty stricken population.

Effects on the American PeopleMen and women dressed in ragged clothing walked the streets in search of work or food from the many soup kitchens that were organized.The Great Depression heavily affected men because they believed they were the suppliers for the family. Many children set off to find work when the parents couldn't find anything.

On October 29, 1929 the stock market crashed. This triggered the Great Depression, the worst economic crash in the modern industrial world.

Pockets turned inside out were called "Hoover flags." Shantytowns that appeared across the country were called "Hoovervilles."

Thousands of young people began to write to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for help. They asked for clothing, money, and many other things. Click on this picture of Eleanor Roosevelt to see some of the letters.

I began a series of economic programs in response to the Great Depression. The New Deal focuses on the three R's: Relief, Recovery, and Reform. That is, relief for the unemployed and poor, recovery of the economy to normal levels, and reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression.

By: Kathleen Loftus


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