Essay- The effect of the depression on American cities and the countryside

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The effect of the depression on American cities and the countryside

 

The Wall Street crash led to a serious slump in production and was followed by the collapse of the economy, known as the Great Depression had serious effects on everyone in America both in urban and rural areas during the 1930’s.

 

The most obvious effect was the loss of jobs and unemployment figures rose rapidly. Businesses experienced a loss of demand for their product and so had to lay off workers to stay afloat, or severely cut their wages. In New York alone a third of its workforce was unemployed and by 1933, 14 % of Americans were out of work. This led to poverty as the unemployed stayed unemployed, and could rarely find any other form of work. Men would often spend the whole day tramping the streets, looking for work. When any possibility of a job arose, huge queues of men stood in line hoping to get a job. The Black American’s known as the Blacks suffered

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