Anne R. Thomson
19 July 2017
The Great Depression
The Great Depression was a severe economic hardship for America that led to poverty, increased unemployment rates, worsened racial inequality, and starvation. The article, “The 1930s”, written by Bob Batchelor provides a summary of the adversities American citizens had to overcome during The Great Depression.
According to Batchelor, The Great Depression was signaled when the stock market collapsed in October of 1929. Because of this, national income fell 50%, and economic challenges led to an increased rate of divorce and separation rates. In addition, fewer families had children and a more liberal attitude toward birth control was developed (1).
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Skilled African-American workers’ wages fell much faster than those of Caucasian employees. Bachelor stated that The National Recovery Administration (NRA) was “A government agency established to provide aid to those in need, but it allowed wage discrepancies based on past money earned” (2). But because black workers has earned less money in the past than the white workers, they received 70% less in relief payments than white employees.
In addition to the NRA, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) along with all their associated agencies, provided a variety of jobs for the unemployed involving public projects. Batchelor implied that, “One of the missions of the WPA was to provide jobs related to culture and history” (2). The WPA achieved this mission by providing Americans with public projects such as building highways in large cities, creating posters for zoos and national parks, producing theaters, etc.
To respond to this article, it is clear that the author provided a summary of the source the article derived from. The source provided is reputable because it comes from a scholarly database. Yes, the author clearly gave credit to his source- at the end of the article there is a properly formatted MLA citation indicating …show more content…
There was enough support for his ideas because he went into depth about the Great Depression, but still made it short and sweet at the same time. I do, however, feel as if the author could have provided more information about the New Deal. This essential topic was brought up in the article, but it was just a one sentence description of it. The issue with this is the New Deal was a significant part of the Great Depression and how America overcame it. In addition to this, I also believe the Batchelor could have provided better support for the stock market crash, which was the main cause of the Great Depression. It is critical to provide your readers with background information as to how an event comes