Boom To Bust Great Depression in the 1930's

During the time of the Great depression, people throughout the nation were faced with many differences between the two decades. People were faced with many changes in their economy, leisure time, role of government , and their home life, The groups that were most affected in the great depression were the African Americans, women, immigrants, and farmers.

The Dust Bowl Destroyed Houses

Entire farms were destroyed because of all the dust


Many people sold their farms due to surplus and overproduction

But however farming did not do so well in the 1930s. After World War 1, the need for farming products went down dramatically. Due to over production many farmers went into debt and into surplus.

Houses Burried By the Dust

During the Dust Bowl. Many houses were burried by the amount of dust. Animals and people were both killed as the dust suffocated them.

People Escaping Dust Bowl

Farmers evacuated their homes because it was not safe for them to stay.

In the 1930s Farmers not only faced an economic slowdown, but they also faced one of the worst and longest droughts in America's history. This is often referred to as the “Dust Bowl.”

Dust Swarms Rural Areas

Dust storms were commen in the Great Plains because of the drought in the 30s

Great Migration

People were moving as the dust has destroyed their homes. They are in search of a better life.

Selling Pencils in the Great Deppresion

FDR's New Deal Program offered many government jobs to people
The WPA) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.

Programs like the AAA, CCC, and FSA were programs put into place by FDR to benefit the agriculture part of the economy.

Single Mother Struggling

Many of the women and children were left to take care of themselves as their husbands had run off on their own.

Women “made do” by reducing their spending like buying day-old bread or warming several dishes in the oven to save gas.The men, cut apart from their usual routine, lost their sense of time and wandered helplessly across the streets as if it's the end of the world.

Here is a man who is selling pencils out on the street to earn a living.


A Hooverville where houses are made out of scrap metal and whatever these people could get their hands on.

The Movies

People often went to the movies, even in the Great Depression in their leisure time.

People listening to the Radio

Families often huddled around radios for enjoyment in their free time.

Stock Market Crash made Headlines

the stock market crash made headlines which drove people into panic mode for their loss of money.

Stampeding Wall Street

People stampeded Wall Street in order to try to regain their money that they lost in the stock market crash

Unemployment Protest

Many people were out of a job as the factories could not pay them all.

Immigrants Deported

Immigrants were not always treated with respect for they were seen as taking American jobs.

Immigrants being Discriminated

People discriminated against immigrants and they saw them as an outsider.

Soup Kitchens

Soup Kitchens opened up for the people that were out of a job and are hungry.

Single Mother Struggling

A Woman with her 3 children

The type of clothes they wear represent how hard how hard it was to survive in the Great Depression.

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