The Great Depression

The Great Depression
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  • Causes of the Great Depression
  • We grew many, many crops using different machines.
  • The Struggle with Farming
  • We farmers had to sell our farms and we lost a lot of money and our homes.
  • The Result
  • Before the Great Depression (a time where America didn't have a lot of money), farmers had been growing so much food with additional machinery. But because they grew so much, food was not worth very much money anymore so farmers could not make enough to support them and their families. 
  • Hoovervilles
  • On top of that, Europe needed lots of food during the war, but once the war ended, they no longer needed as much and long periods where there was not enough water caused all the soil to dry into dust, making it impossible to grow crops. 
  • Shantytowns
  • Thanks to the Shantytowns, I got a new job and me and my family could buy a home!
  • During this time, lots and lots of people lost their homes, money, farms, and more due to many different causes as a result of the Great Depression.
  • The End
  • Because all these people were left without a home, the homeless made makeshift communities where they built their won homes often called "Shantytowns" or "Hoovervilles" after President Herbert Hoover who was the president when the Great Depression began.
  • People who lost their homes like us farmers could come live here.
  • Hoovervilles provided the homeless with a place to live and recover from the money loss they endured and allowed them to get jobs and build their life for the future in hope that they one day could afford a house.
  • Ultimately, the Great Depression was a hard time for many in America. Millions lost their money, homes, and belongings but nevertheless, the people managed to find ways to adapt to these changes.
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