The Great Depression That Ravaged The 1930 ' S Essay

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The Great Depression that ravaged the 1930’s was a time of great strain for the American people, both economically and morally. They had to deal with mass droughts that destroyed crops, the stock market crash that led to many banks going out of business, and the collapse of the job market which left millions unemployed. With most of the population poverty stricken, despair was a mentality that spread across the nation with great intensity. This despair was shown in the literature of the time; in poems such as Debuts by Karen Hesse, and by speeches given by President Roosevelt. The Great Depression had an immense negative affect the citizens who had to endure it, leaving the whole country in a depressed state wherein over one third of the population was left to struggle for their basic needs and livelihoods. The New Deal, a plan proposed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the hope and opportunity the American people needed and was what would ultimately lead their nation out of the worst depression it had ever seen.
During the Great Depression, farmers and those whose work involved agriculture struggled to have steady incomes. Farming was a difficult task at the time, widespread drought made planting risky as the plot could wither and die out of too little water was supplied, and if the crop failed the farmer had wasted precious resources they could not get back. By the height of the Great Depression most farmers were ultimately facing bankruptcy. This financial turmoil in turn…

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