Dust Bowl Project
By lia_rey, Updated
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It is late December of 1929. We are the Farwell family . My name is Robert Farwell, and this is my wife, Mary. That is my eldest son John who is 18. Dorothy and James are twins who are 10 years old, Helen is our 3 year old daughter, and Dash is our dog who helps carry our belongings around. That's right. We are migrants.
We raised our family in Colorado, until the Dust Bowl started in late October of this year. I use to work as a farmer, but due to the Great Depression, I had to find another job. The Great Depression is a long and severe recession in an economy. (google.com) History.com (2018) even claims that that "the Great Depression was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world.) The Great Depression began after the stock market crashed. The stock market crash is a sudden dramatic decline of stock which declines paper wealth.
(1930) We are still walking, in hopes of of settling in somewhere comfortable for all of us. Everyone is hungry, tired, and in a bad mood. Helen won't stop crying and screaming. As we walk, we stop in places to ask is they are hiring, but get rejected from all of them. According to careertrend.com (2018), "approximatley, 12.8 million people were unemployed in 1929-1930." We have seen so many people, just like us, walking to find a way to live. History.com (2018) says, "The Dust Bowl intensified the crushing economic impacts of the Great Depression, and drove many farming families on a migration, in search of work and better living conditions.", and "Roughly, 2.5 million people left the Dust Bowl states (Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.) during the 1930s. It was the largest migration in American history.
(1935) We believe that Frankin D. Roosevelt is a great president, and he is doing amazing so far. He is doing many great things for people like my family and I. He created something called the New Deal programs. These programs put local farmers like me to work on farms planting trees, as the windbreaks on farms across the Great Plains. Luckily, this helped us a lot, and it put us a little bit closer to getting back on our feet once again.
(1937) We have settled in, for a while at least, which is good. Just yesterday, we found out that there is a recession, that is known as the Recession of 1937. A recession is an economic downturn in which trade, and industrial activity are declined. This is not good because people will start to loose their jobs again. As of now, it looks like things will not get better.
It is the end of 1939, and the Great Depression has officially ended. Of course things won't go back to normal for a while, but it is getting better. We have gone back to Colorado, and are living on our farm. It has taken a while, but we are finally settling in again. Fee.org says that by 1940 1 of 5 americans were still left without jobs. I am glad that I am working in order to give my family the life they deserve. Slowly but surely it will get better.
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