The great depression
The Great Depression took place in the 1929 and ende around 1930. It was an economic depression. This means it was harder or people to get money. For example, the loans didn't have enough money to pay the mortgage if Hammer wouldn't had lended them some money. Another example is when Cassie says "papa, are we going to have enough money for this months rent?", papa says "whith our cotton this year, we should".