Essay about Little Orphan Annie, By James D. Horan

1012 Words Feb 10th, 2016 5 Pages
For many years, Little Orphan Annie has been a source of entertainment for Americans, both during the Great Depression and after. The Great Depression was a hard time for everybody and caused a national crisis due to the stock market crash within the United States. During the Great depression, more often than not, families would have to be separated in order to find work. During this time of struggle, the protagonist on the radio show Little Orphan Annie, Annie, became a figure of courage and optimism. Little Orphan Annie provided listeners with entertaining distraction from their time of hardships during the Great Depression and gave them a symbol of hope in the midst of national adversity. During the time frame of the Great Depression, many people were losing jobs due to the stock market crash. The stock market crash, as said by James D. Horan, unexpectedly crashed in a time of propensity and had immediate effects on American society (Qtd in Nardo). The stock market crash was blamed on the disequilibrium between short and long term bank credits and the fall in silver prices. Due to these problems within the banking systems, the price money was worth decreased and the price of products increased. Entrepreneurs who owned factories tended to make more money than those who worked in the factories. This led to a financial divide among the upper and working classes. As the Depression continued later into the year 1929, the rate of unemployment within the country rose and…

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