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Impact of the
depression
Grace Lidgett…read more

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Crime
As many unemployed workers resorted to stealing petty theft to put food on the
table, crime rates rapidly increased
Prostitution was included as women desperately fined methods to pay for the
bills
Banks became so unpopular that robbers such as Bonnie and Cylde were seen as
heroes of the time
Many food riots were apparent across America
Al Capone ran a soup kitchen during the great depression
Bruno Hauptmann = On March 1, 1932, Charles Lindbergh Jr., the son of the
famous American aviator was kidnapped. A ransom note was found on the scene
of the crime demanding $50,000 in payment for the return of Charles Jr. Three
days later, the Lindberghs involved the authorities against the kidnapper's advice,
and the ransom was increased to $70,000. On April 2, at New Jersey's St.
Raymond's Cemetery, John F. Condon, a friend of the Lindberghs, handed over
the $70,000. The Lindbergh baby was not returned, however, and nearly six
weeks later the infant's battered and mostly decomposed body was found in the
woods just a few miles from the Lindbergh home. The cause of death was
determined to be a massive fracture of the skull occurring roughly two to three
months before.…read more

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Agriculture
By 1929, Farmers average incomes were at $273, compared
to the national average of $750
Between 1930 and 1935, nearly 750,000 were lost due to
bankruptcy
Distressed farms were sometimes sold at "Penny Aunction",
also known as forced auctions
John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and
Men about the lives of these people and the devastating
effects of the Dust Bowl.
For rural American, the depression happened before the wall
street crash, as between 1920 and 1929, value of farmland
had already dropped by 30%…read more

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Industry
Industry faced a big problem, the boom was rooted in industry due
to the demand and availability of cars, radios and other consumer
goods but as people already had refrigerators, the demand
obviously decreased
By 1931, 15.9% of the urban workforce lost their jobs, but things
still carried on getting worse and by 1933 this was at 25%
Combined sales of electrical and car manufacturing shrank by over
two thirds between 1929 ­ 1932
Such great projects as the empire state building and the golden
gate bridge were completed leading to many more being
unemployed
Racism was apparent as Americans were unhappy that `real'
Americans were out of work with Mexican-Americans accused of
taking jobs and many were encouraged to leave America…read more

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`Hoovervilles' and Hoboes
Over the great depression it is estimated that 50% of children did
not have adequate food, shelter or medical treatment and many
suffered from rickets
Many people out of work were forced to other cities to live in ill-
constructed shanty towns which were to be nicknamed
`hoovervilles'
By 1932, it was estimated that between 1 and 2 million citizens
were hoboes
Hoboes were often given a hard time, for example, California
guards arrested 68,300 travelling in trains and put them in chain
gangs (chained together in an outside prison)
It is estimated that more than 50,000 were injured or killed from
trying to jump trains…read more

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Other general facts
Gross national product fell by almost 50%
Between 1929 ­ 1932 the average incomes of American families dropped
by 40%
On black Tuesday, the stock market lost $14 Billion
The three little pigs by Walt Disney was symbolic with the pigs
representing the depression and the wolf representing the depression
Average rate of unemployment
in 1929: 3.2%
in 1930: 8.9% Average divorce
in 1931: 16.3% Average rate of
rate, (per 1,000
in 1932: 24.1% death by suicide
in 1933: 24.9% people)
(per 100,000
in 1934: 21.7% 1920-1929: 1.6
in 1935: 20.1% population)
1930-33: 1.4
in 1936: 16.9% 1920-1928: 12.1
in 1937: 14.3% 1934-39: 1.8
in 1938: 19.0% 1929: 18.1
1940-46: 2.8
in 1939: 17.2% 1930-1940: 15.4
1947-64: 2.5…read more

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