The Great Depression by: Sofia Gonzalez, Makayla Fulkerson, and Klu

The Great Depression was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history. The Great Depression began In the United States soon after the stock market crash of October 1929. By 1933, the Great Depression reached 13 to 15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half of the country’s banks had failed.

Growing up during The Great Depression was difficult. Unemployment was as high as 40% in some neighbor hoods. I was one of the few lucky enough to be able to keep my job. I am a reporter at the Local Chicago Times Newspaper. My father lost his job at the factory along with a hundreds other men. My mom had to start helping with getting some income into the house by getting a job at a sewing factory. During that time my little sister would help with the domestic tasks at home.

If it wasn't bad enough to have lost your job, you may even lose your house. The Jefferson's were one of many on our street to have lost their house. Mr. Jefferson like my dad, had lost his job at the factory, after not being able to keep paying for the house, they eventually lost it. Being a reporter you were able to find out things about the whole city, even the whole state.

Today, I was on the job looking for a story to write. I knew I wanted to write about these times and how it's affecting everyone, but I just didn't know where to start.

I was on my way to the office when i walked by Mr. Stellar's shop. I noticed a big fat sign saying CLOSED. I just couldn't believe, I went to knock on the door and saw that Mr. Stellar was inside. He noticed me and opened the door. He was telling me how he was no longer able to keep it open because of the economy, at the most he would have 2-4 costumers a week and they would only buy 2-3 items. He decided that it was better to just close. The same thing went for some other local stores in the city.

When I arrived at my office I realized that I had just found the story I had been looking for....The Great Depression.

Bibliography:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97468008 http://www.history.com/topics/great-depression http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/uhic/ReferenceDetailsPage/ReferenceDetailsWindow?source=Bookmark&jsid=11f17704edb9a99bc9&displayGroupName=Reference&p=UHIC%3AWHIC&zid=7acfdc9d4390b9e20a4818ed155eab29&u=nysl_ro_rush&action=2&documentId=GALE%7CCX3404500173

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