Loss of Identity Throughout the Great Depression Essay

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The sources for the aspects that define identity have change over time with social climates altering moral priorities. This fluctuation of values was seen over the course of the great depression as tragedy befell millions of Americans who lost everything that they had spent most of their lives striving towards. The most common examples were families being foreclosed and thrown out of their homes because of lack of work. There were more and less extreme examples all having the same devastating effect of eroding away the things that they used to identify with; there houses, jobs, clothing, family keepsakes, and more just to survive. The economic depression during the 1930’s lead to the destruction of American morale as individuals’ …show more content…
As the financial situation became darker many families in the beginning went from rigid refusal of charity in favors of loans to depending on the government for daily necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. Which eventually forced American to reexamine what they had been putting so value in, their self-reliance to see the pain that it caused their families to be without. These painful circumstances left an impression on the younger generation, most often increasing the responsibilities at even younger ages. At this young age the idea of everything that their parents had worked so hard to save and provide for them was gone in most cases with very little chance of getting it back. The parents were often looking for work trying to provide the basic necessities for their children and in many children’s eyes they would see the parents going without. This influence made most of children mature under harsher conditions to think about things most children would never give a second thought to today. One letter from an eleven year-old girl asking for clothing for herself and her parents she concluded her letter with, “I am send this litter with the pennie I get to take to Sunday school Mother gave me one so it took 3 week. Cause Mother would think I better not ask for things from the first Lady.” show the transfer of the idea of not wanting a handout from the government from mother to daughter but the feeling of losing one’s pride through making such a request was

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