The Great Depression

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The Great Depression

Grade Level5th GradeStandards5.08 Understand society in America during the Great Depression

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

President Herbert Hoover underestimated the seriousness of the crisis and believed it would be over in 60 days. Hoover did not think that the government should offer relief to the poverty stricken populationand was blamed for the Great Depression.

The Great Depression

Effects on the American PeopleRaggedly dressed men and women walked the streets in search for work or a bit of food from the hundreds of soup kitchens were opened by charities. In rural America thousands of tons of unmarketable crops sat rotting in storage bins. Farming incomes plummeted and thousands of families were forced to abandon their homesteads.The Great Deprssion heavily impacted men because they believed that they were the suppliers for their familes. Many kids set off to find work whenever their parents could not find any.

Only when the federal government imposed rationing, recruited 6 million defence workers, drafted 6 million soldiers, and ran massive deficits to fight inWorld War II did the Great Depression finnally end in 1939

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The New DealFDR's responce to the Great Depression was the "New Deal" which was a series of eonomic measures designed to alleviate the worst effects of the depression, reinvigorate the economy, and restore the confidence of the American people in their banks and key institutions.

Pockets turned inside out were called "Hoover flags"Shantytowns that sprung up around the country were named "Hoovervilles"

Fraklin Delano Roosevelt, governor from New York was elected president in 1932 and won in a landslide victory.



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