The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl By Sam Kleinherenbrink and Kyele Mendenhall

Common People at a free soup kitchen

So, What is the Great Depression? The Great Depression was a time of poverty and business failure. Food shortages were very common and people didn't have the common necessities needed for life. The Great Depression Started on Tuesday, October 24, 1929.

Why did the Great depression start? At the time, there were many wealthy businessmen that controlled major companies and businesses. The companies didn’t have trade rules or regulations and didn’t always keep accurate bank records that helped protect investments. As a result, the United States had the largest Stock Market Crash in U.S History.

During the time of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, President Franklin Roosevelt created the New Deal to try and help common families in 1933. It helped by sending out supplies and cash assistance to many people that were suffering the great depression.

There were many wealthy businessmen

The fall of the Stock Market led to the dust bowl.

Migrant workers were affected By not getting paid enough because there was so many migrant workers that came, and so they had to spit the pay checks. Plus, they wouldn't have enough money for their family, like food, clothes, and supplies.

Migrant Farmer family

The living conditions were very harsh because of the dry climate, and all of the dust that kept blowing. One way they kept their mouths wet was by keeping a wash cloth around their mouth the whole day.

One reason why Migrants wanted to go to California was because they thought it was the dream land. But what they didn't know was there was a road checkpoint at the border of Phillips 66 highway. They Also didn't know they were going to get paid very bad when they worked.

Many People traveled on Route 66

What were the living conditions on migrant workers in California? - Very harsh because they got very little pay, and poor living conditions.

How were migrant workers affected by the Great Depression? - By also not getting paid enough because there was so many migrant workers that came.

Let's sum up some of the problems that the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl created.

  1. The Great Depression led to business failure and many poor families
  2. The Great Depression created bad business trades
  3. The Dust Bowl was one of the worst times in U.S history for farming
  4. The Dust Bowl often times destroyed homes and other buildings
  5. The Dust Bowl led to the suffering of many people and caused them to leave the Midwest and travel to California, only to find a blocked road and border control sending people back home.

Here are some personal accounts of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.

Interviewee: Verla- “You would only have one good pair of shoes. You could afford two once in a while. My sister wore them out quicker then me, so they bought her a pair of more like boy shoes. Boy, did she scuff them up. I didn't have a boughten coat until I was sixteen.” “You would only have one good pair of shoes. You could afford two once in a while. My sister wore them out quicker then me, so they bought her a pair of more like boy shoes. Boy, did she scuff them up. I didn't have a boughten coat until I was sixteen.”

Interviewee: Luzon- “We all wore hand-me-downs. My mother was a good seamstress and made a lot of the clothes. Some of the under-clothes were made out of 100 lb. flour sacks and 100 lb. sugar sacks-if you could imagine that. They were 100 percent cotton and after being laundered a couple times, they made pretty good underwear for mostly the younger boys and girls.”

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