North vs South Essay

3097 Words Sep 16th, 2007 13 Pages
North vs. South in the Great Depression The Great Depression is one of the most misunderstood events in not only American history but also Great Britain, France, Germany, and many other industrialized nations. It also has had important consequences and was an extremely devastating event in America. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world. When the New York Stock Exchange crashed in October 1929, the United States dropped sharply into a major depression. The world was in wide demand for agricultural goods during World War I, but they had rapidly decreased after the war and rural America experienced a severe depression throughout most of the 1920's and even on into the 1930's. …show more content…
Some companies even went as far as to fire all of their women in the company who were married, and the school district in the South dismissed women teachers who were married. The number of women, however, did not decline as fast as the number of men due to the fact that men did not want the jobs that the women were doing. The women usually had domestic or clerical tasks that seemed tedious and almost pointless and beneath the men to do. Industrial workers, who had ventured north during the Great Migration, like the agricultural workers, joined the ranks of the unemployed early in the Depression. A large percentage of the American middle class, mainly located in the Northern states, was able to survive the depression. The professionals who had great skills were considered ‘depression proof.' Some of those people who were able to keep their jobs because of their skills were government positions, teachers in well-funded districts, doctors, and lawyers. Daily life was made even more secure if these professional workers had little debt before the stock market crashed, had monetary assets in something other than a savings account, and generally lived without explicit luxuries. The American middle class households managed to get through the economic depression by adapting to conditions, spending wisely, and avoiding unnecessary purchases such as cars and land . The African American population suffered more

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