The Great Depression had a significant impact on the people who grew up during that time. The lack of money during their formative years impacted their approach to money and food throughout their lives. So while the effects of the severe economic downturn were strong, they were also long-lasting. The Great Depression challenged American families in major ways, placing great economic, social, and psychological strains and demands upon families and their members. From one perspective, the story emerging from the Great Depression can be described as one of family "disorganization" and deprivation. Marriage rates declined, although they started to rise in 1934, and the trend toward decreasing birthrates, already underway, accelerated during the 1930s.The Great Depression was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world.
All types of people were affected by the Great Depression. After the stock market crash in 1929, the country changed drastically. Many people lost their jobs because of this downturn in the economy. During the Great Depression practically every person had to adjust to a different way of living than what they were used to. This paper explores how life changed for children, teenagers, African-Americans, farmers, women, and the middle class.