Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Great Depression Pictures and Related Links


Blessings ~ I am just sharing what I am finding today in relation to the Great Depression and wondering about what are the various comparisons and images available. Forgive any infringement. As Americans we have the right to know all about our history!
~With Sincerity, Peter S. Lopez, Blog Owner

Welcome To My Great Depression Page
http://students.umf.maine.edu/~nielsemj/thegreatdepression/tgdhome.html


The Great Depression: A Brief Overview
http://www.todaysteacher.com/TheGreatDepressionWebQuest/BriefOverview.htm

The Topic: The Great Depression: The Basics
http://www.42explore2.com/depresn.htm

The Great Depression Websites
http://haven.district65.net/default.asp

Essays on the Great Depression: Ben S. Bernanke
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/6817.html

Great Five Books of the Great Depression
http://www.temple.edu/newsroom/2008_2009/12/stories/fivebooks.htm



http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xRraVcfa3GM/SZRG-Kp7e2I/AAAAAAAABxk/Yx1rlaZDSvU/s400/2008-07-15_4_GreatDepression-Blacks-SoupLine.jpg

http://weblogs.cltv.com/news/local/chicago/the%20great%20depression%202.gif

http://www.icis.com/blogs/asian-chemical-connections/Migrant%2520Family%2520Great%2520Depression%2520.jpg



http://students.umf.maine.edu/~nielsemj/thegreatdepression/family.png

Welcome to My Great Depression Homepage
http://students.umf.maine.edu/~nielsemj/thegreatdepression/tgdhome.html

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/04/0426_dow/image/2_great_depression.jpg

http://creativecapital.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/1928-great-depression.jpg

http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/14/95714-004-FEADEDA8.jpg

http://recessionhistory.info/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/recessionjobhunters.jpg

http://www.economy.com/dismal/graphs/blog/great%20depression.jpg

http://z.about.com/d/history1900s/1/0/g/gd14.gif

http://michellerafter.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/the-great-depression.jpg
http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2006/07/28/Depression_060728121719700_wideweb__300x229.jpg

http://womenincongress.house.gov/images/essays/essay1/GreatDepressionBreadLine.jpg
http://re3035.k12.sd.us/Event/Depression.gif
http://www.todaysteacher.com/TheGreatDepressionWebQuest/images/depress.gif
http://www.onzone.ca/images/timeline/1930s_great_depression.jpg
http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/21/71221-004-07A51C33.jpg
http://patdollard.com/wp-content/uploads/depression.jpg
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/images/kingfarm.jpg
http://z.about.com/d/afroamhistory/1/0/k/6/greatdepression_arkansas9.jpg
http://z.about.com/d/history1900s/1/0/F/1/gd46.gif
https://ce-wiki.wikispaces.com/file/view/great_depression_of_african_americans.jpg

Image, Source: digital file from intermediary roll film
http://www.businessandmedia.org/specialreports/2008/GreatDepression/images/GreatDepression_FINAL-LARGE.jpg
http://eyecandyanimation.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/great-depression.jpg
http://www.monochrom.at/english/pictures/depression-art.jpg
http://static.guim.co.uk/Guardian/business/gallery/2008/apr/14/economics.photography/GD6909039@ca-3825.jpg
http://rlv.zcache.com/great_depression_2009_tshirt-p235313567936119616t5tr_400.jpg


The Great Depression: A Brief Overview
http://www.todaysteacher.com/TheGreatDepressionWebQuest/BriefOverview.htm
No job, no hope . . .

America's "Great Depression" began with the dramatic crash of the stock market on "Black Thursday", October 24, 1929 when 16 million shares of stock were quickly sold by panicking investors who had lost faith in the American economy. At the height of the Depression in 1933, nearly 25% of the Nation's total work force, 12,830,000 people, were unemployed.

Wage income for workers who were lucky enough to have kept their jobs fell almost 43% between 1929 and 1933. It was the worst economic disaster in American history. Farm prices fell so drastically that many farmers lost their homes and land. Many went hungry.

Faced with this disaster, families split up or migrated from their homes in search of work. "Hoovervilles" (named after President Hoover -- as an insult), shanty towns constructed of packing crates, abandoned cars and other cast off scraps sprung up across the Nation. Gangs of youths, whose families could no longer support them, rode the rails in box cars like so many hoboes, hoping to find a job. "Okies", victims of the drought and dust storms in the Great Plains, left their farms and headed for California, the new land of "milk and honey" where they believed all one had to do was reach out and pluck food from the trees. America's unemployed were on the move, but there was really nowhere to go. Industry was badly shaken by the Depression. Factories closed; mills and mines were abandoned; fortunes were lost. American business and labor were both in serious trouble.

Unable to help themselves the American public looked to the Federal Government. Dissatisfied with President Herbert Hoover's economic programs, the people elected Franklin D. Roosevelt as their president in 1932. Roosevelt was a bold experimenter and a man of action. Early on in his administration he assembled the best minds in the country to advise him. This group of men were known as the "Brain Trust." Within one hundred days the President, his advisors and the U.S. Congress passed into law a package of legislation designed to help lift the troubled Nation out of the Depression .

Roosevelt's program was called the "New Deal." The words "New Deal" signified a new relationship between the American people and their government. This new relationship included the creation of several new federal agencies, called "alphabet agencies" because of their use of acronyms. A few of the more significant of these New Deal programs was the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) which gave jobs to unemployed youths and to improve the environment, the WPA (Works Progress Administration) gave jobs to thousands of unemployed in everything from construction to the arts, and the NRA (National Recovery Administration) drew up regulations and codes to help revitalize industry. Later on came the creation of the Social Security System, unemployment insurance and more agencies and programs designed to help Americans during times of economic hardship. Under President Roosevelt the federal government took on many new responsibilities for the welfare of the people. The new relationship forged in the New Deal was one of closeness between the government and the people: a closeness which had never existed to such a degree before.

Although Roosevelt and the New Deal were criticized by many both in and out of government, and seriously challenged by the U.S. Supreme Court, they received the overwhelming support of the people. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only president in U.S. history to be elected for four terms of office.

Despite all the President's efforts and the courage of the American people, the Depression hung on until 1941, when America's involvement in the Second World War resulted in the drafting of young men into military service, and the creation of millions of jobs in defense and war industries.

The Great Depression tested the fabric of American life as it had been seldom tested before or has since. It caused Americans to doubt their abilities and their values. It caused them to despair. But they weathered the test, and as a Nation, emerged stronger than ever, and we are all better today for their strength and their courage.
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