Essay Roll Of Thunder, The Great Depression

2099 Words Oct 4th, 2016 9 Pages
The Great Depression,1929 through 1939, made the most people in history be unemployed, helpless, and in desperate need of more jobs, food,clothing, and supplies. This disastrous event was also the longest lasting economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world. The Great Depression plays a part and emphasizes the hardships in Mildred Taylor’s historical-fictional novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry because the Logan family loses their jobs, they do not have a lot of money, and the people in their community are also struggling to get through while also trying to pay taxes.

The Great Depression materialized suddenly without a warning, changing million of normal lives forever. Succeeding presidency, Herbert Hoover, a republican, confidently predicted that America would be free of any poverty soon. He said “‘We in America today are nearer to our final triumph in poverty than ever before in the history of the land. The poorhouse is vanishing from among us”’.(Landau, 20). But in the moment of apparent triumph, everything fell apart. Before the Great Depression, at the end of the 1920’s, America boasted the largest economy in the world. With the destruction from World War 1, Europeans struggled, while Americans flourished. American firms earned record profits. America crackled with newfound energy. Soldiers were home, economy was booming, and people were ready to have a good time. Every day and night, Americans filled movie theaters, and crammed into crowded…

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