Problems for farmers in the 1920s

Problems facing the farmers of America in the 1920s.

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  • Problems for farmers in the 1920s
    • Competition
      • European trade was starting up again, causing more competition
      • Highly efficient Canadian wheat producers were working in competition with the American Farmers
      • The population of USA was  falling, making fewer mouths to feed; allowing the Canadians to dominate the market
        • Highly efficient Canadian wheat producers were working in competition with the American Farmers
    • Overproduction
      • Farmers could produce for their families and 14 others
      • By 1920 there were surpluses nobody wanted
      • From 1900 to 1920, more land was being farmed
      • Improved methods - machinery, fertilizers - made it more efficient
    • End of WWI
      • Trade in Europe was likely to start up again - loss of trade picked up in war
      • As men went back to work on their farms, Europe could produce their own food
      • US tariffs stopped Europe from exporting to the USA
        • Europe imported far less food from the USA as they couldn't afford it
          • End of WWI
            • Trade in Europe was likely to start up again - loss of trade picked up in war
            • As men went back to work on their farms, Europe could produce their own food
            • US tariffs stopped Europe from exporting to the USA
              • Europe imported far less food from the USA as they couldn't afford it
      • Farm Labourers
        • 6 Million people forced off the land
          • Migrated to cities
        • 3/4 of a million African Americans made unemployed. They had always done the last skilled jobs so were badly hit
      • Rich Farmers
        • Affected people who sold to farms
        • Rich farmers who were doing well were no longer employing many people
        • 60 Million Americans were directly affected
        • Farm Labourers
          • 6 Million people forced off the land
            • Migrated to cities
          • 3/4 of a million African Americans made unemployed. They had always done the last skilled jobs so were badly hit
      • Prices
        • Prices fell by 50%
        • In the 1920s, the average farmer was growing enough food for their families and 14 others
        • Hundreds of rural banks collapsed
        • 5 times as many farm bankruptcies than in the 1900s or 1910.

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