Unspeakable Hardship

1516 Words Jul 13th, 2018 7 Pages
October 29, 1929 was the worst day of many American’s lives. That was the day the stock market crashed and the Great Depression was launched. At first, the President, and other politicians thought it would end after just a few months but it turned out to be the absolute worst stock market crash in the history of America. America lost 14 billion dollars on that one detrimental day and by the end of the week, America lost a flabbergasting 30 billion dollars. Today, that would be the equivalent to exactly $377,587,032,770.41. This also happens to be almost ten times more than America’s budget at the time and that much money had not even been spent during World War 1 (“Great Depression”).
Money was not the only thing in short supply
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The farmers feverishly began planting and cultivating the land, unaware of its undesirable past. They ripped up all the prairie grass and instead substituted it with countless money making crops such as corn or wheat. The unenviable issue was that most of these crops had dead periods where farmers would plant other crops or simply leave fields vacant (Gold 18).
The uncommon raining period ended in 1930. The remaining crops rapidly dried out and died leaving the barren land and empty fields susceptible to wind erosion (“Great Depression”). In 1933 a robust South Dakota storm was the start of what would end up being the “Dust Bowl”, but that was just the start of thirty-eight more malicious storms in that year. In 1934 over twelve million pounds of topsoil blew from Chicago to the east, reaching as far as New England and New York. People were hiding in their houses, stuffing old rags and clothes into every possible crack to escape the dust. Similarly, they would tie cloths to their faces just so they wouldn’t have to inhale so much dirt and grime; accounts from farmers in the “Black Blizzard” said that if they held their hand out in front of their face they couldn’t even see it. Americans were prisoners in their own homes. The “Black Death” had become menace, leaving over 500,000 Americans homeless and forcing over

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