The Great Depression By Eric Farris

The Great Depression hit farmers and families in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. The Farmers struggled because the price on livestock and crops dropped to an all-time low. After the stock market crash a lot of businesses started to close and lay off their workers. Many families did not have money to buy things, and consumer demand for manufactured goods fell off. A lot of families couldn’t even afford to buy food and water for their family. This time in history is a very tough time for the United States of America.

Starving people waiting in line to get food

During the Great Depression farmers worked hard to produce crops and livestock. When prices fell they tried to produce even more to pay their debts and living expenses. In the early 1930's prices dropped so low that many farmers went bankrupt and lost their farms. “The price of a bushel of corn fell to just eight cents.” Some farm families began to burn corn rather than coal in their stoves because corn was cheaper. Sometimes the countryside smelled like popcorn from all the corn burning in the kitchen stoves.

Town families could not produce their own food. Many people that lived in the city often went hungry. Sometimes there were soup kitchens in larger cities that provided free meals to the poor. Winters were an especially hard time since many families had no money to buy coal to heat their houses. The good thing is that the government did start putting people to work so they could provide for their family. “The government created programs to put Americans to work. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) hired many men to work on parks, roads, bridges, swimming pools, public buildings and other projects. Teen age boys were hired by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). They lived in barracks, were given clothing, and provided with free meals. The small salary that they earned was sent back to help their families.”

Kids were also affected by the Great depression. A lot of kids couldn’t go to school because the schools were really far away and they had no transportation. The kids also couldn’t go to school because none of them could afford the books. Students didn’t have any food when they left the house to go to school. When they got to school it wasn’t any different because the schools couldn’t afford to feed the students.

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