The Great Depression

1186 Words Jul 7th, 2018 5 Pages
“Severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy”. That my friends is the true definition of of what the Great Depression really was. It was a time that most people want to never remember or ever happen again. You would think the United States would have learned from their mistakes but it seems we are going down the same road once again without even taking a step back and realizing it. When people talk about the Great Depression not a single person will have anything good to say about it. It caused families a great deal of pain that they will never forget. With the “prices of farm products falling about 40% by 1921 and remaining low through the 1920s” it …show more content…
If they would have just produced what they needed maybe things wouldn't be so bad. But all the people are going to do is point their finger and blame the government which may be true but other things are the main cause of this also. Over production, and also “wages for workers were not rising enough for them to buy the goods” causing people to not even afford rent or to afford to buy food for their own families. This also brings up the issue of “self-blame and self-doubt.” “Since men were expected to provide for their families, it was humiliating to have to ask for assistance” and this caused their children and wife to have to help provide income. These are just a few things we all need to see and realize are the real issue but we all know that will never happen. People are always in denial. At this time everyone was desperate for any kind of job and didn't matter what it is. Who would think they would want to pick cotton but the people were that desperate and it can never could be as simple as giving people a job without other people having to suffer causing African Americans to suffer more than whites. “In 1930, 50 percent of blacks were unemployed” and people didn't even think anything of it. Roosevelt tried to stop discrimination but we all know at this time down South was a lost cause for stopping racism. Not only that but people practically
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