Jonathan Fitzgerald's Impact Of The Great Depression

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The Great Depression
“(Stockbrokers) Hollard (sic) and screamed, they clawed at one another’s collars. It was like a bunch of crazy men.” “The great buildings were ablaze with lights all night as sleepy clerks fought desperately to get accounts in shape for Monday opening” (“The Wall Street Crash”). This is how journalist Jonathan Leonard described the day the stock market crashed on October 28 1929 - the day that triggered the great depression. The Great Depression of 1930’s had great impact on the economy, the environment, and politics.
The 1920’s were called the Roaring 20’s; life was good, the auto industry was increasing, and people put large sums of money into the stock market. They would buy on margin and there was even
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They would ridicule President Hoover by using his name mockingly in other ways during the Great Depression. For example, when a man’s empty pockets were turned inside out demonstrating that he didn 't have any money in his pockets , they would call it a “Hoover Flag”. Shanty towns during the Great Depression were named “Hooverville”. Newspapers that were used to block the homeless from the cold were called “Hoover blankets”. When soles wore out of people’s shoes, the cardboard that was used to take the place of soles would be called “Hoover leather”. Cars that were being pulled by horses ,because gas was a luxury that people couldn 't afford luxury, at the time would be called “Hoover wagons.” ( …show more content…
The weather seemed to work farmers’ favor for most of the time in between 1914 and 1931. During this time farmers plowed up millions of acres of natural grass lands on the plains, they would cultivate the same fields every year leaving pulverising the soil into a fine dust. The years of over cultivation left the land unprepared to deal with severe drought conditions(Dust Bowl 1931-1939).
In 1932 a drought that wouldn 't end until 1939 begins. By 1932 a series of catastrophic dust storms, carrying millions of tons of black dirt , began to strike the southern Great Plains (Surviving the Dust Bowl). Western Kansas, eastern Colorado, northeastern New Mexico, and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles were hit harder than any the other plains. The recurrent storms devastated pasture lands, and choking cattle (Dust

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