The great depression-relief camps

The great depression-relief camps

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  • What am I supposed to do now?
  • Maybe this won't be that bad....
  • It's so crowded here. I think someone just sneezed on me
  • Where am I supposed to sleep?
  • Meet Oscar, a Canadian citizen. The Great Depression of the 1930's has caused him and many other men to lose their jobs, homes and all their life savings. 
  • Our hands hurt
  • Oscar decides to enter a relief camp. The relief camp provides single men with shelter, daily meals, 20 cent per day wages and work clothes in exchange for long strenuous labour. 
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  • At least this is better than nothing...
  • Living quarters were very crowded and unsanitary. Space and overpopulation was a huge issue in the bunkhouses. Rooms were crowded with too many men and there wasn't enough beds to go around.   
  • Oscar starts his job the next day. There are  few options for jobs, all of them being physically demanding. His choices are to replant trees,  help construct buildings, or build roads and bridges. He decides to plant trees. Oscar works long strenuous hours until it's dark. 
  • He returns to the camp very late at night. Oscar feels exhausted and hungry. He knows that his week is far from over and by the end of the week, he will have worked 44 hours 
  • Back in the bunkhouse, Oscar takes a moment to consider his situation. Even though the conditions he's living and working in aren't ideal, he remembers that he could be homeless and starving. He is grateful to be one one of the "Royal Twenty Centers". 
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