Source The photograph that has become known as "Migrant Mother" is one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made in February or March of in Nipomo, California. Lange was concluding a month's trip photographing migratory farm labor around the state for what was then the Resettlement Administration. InLange gave this account of the experience: I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet.
Shown is a ticker tape parade held in honor of the Detroit Tigers after winning the World Series. No nation could emerge from the cauldron of national crisis without profound social and cultural changes.
While many undesirable vices associated with hopelessness were on the rise, many family units were also strengthened through the crisis. Mass migrations reshaped the American mosaic. While many businesses perished during the Great Depression, others actually emerged stronger.
And new forms of expression flourished in the culture of despair. The Great Depression brought a rapid rise in the crime rate as many unemployed workers resorted to petty theft to put food on the table. Suicide rates rose, as did reported cases of malnutrition.
Prostitution was on the rise as desperate women sought ways to pay the bills. Health care in general was not a priority for many Americans, as visiting the doctor was reserved for only the direst of circumstances.
Alcoholism increased with Americans seeking outlets for escape, compounded by the repeal of prohibition in Cigar smoking became too expensive, so many Americans switched to cheaper cigarettes.
Higher education remained out of reach for most Americans as the nation's universities saw their student bodies shrink during the first half of the decade. High school attendance increased among males, however. Because the prospects of a young male getting a job were so incredibly dim, many decided to stay in school longer.
However, public spending on education declined sharply, causing many schools to open understaffed or close due to lack of funds. Demographic trends also changed sharply.
Marriages were delayed as many males waited until they could provide for a family before proposing to a prospective spouse. Divorce rates dropped steadily in the s.
Rates of abandonment increased as many husbands chose the "poor man's divorce" option — they just ran away from their marriages. Birth rates fell sharply, especially during the lowest points of the Depression. More and more Americans learned about birth control to avoid the added expenses of unexpected children.
Mass migrations continued throughout the s. Rural New England and upstate New York lost many citizens seeking opportunity elsewhere. The Great Plains lost population to states such as California and Arizona. The Dust Bowl sent thousands of "Okies" and "Arkies" looking to make a better life.
Many of the migrants were adolescents seeking opportunity away from a family that had younger mouths to feed. Overpeople were caught hitching rides on trains during the Great Depression.
Many times offenders went unpunished. Films like The Bride of Frankenstein entertained Americans by the thousands despite the hardships brought by the Great Depression. Popular culture saw new trends as well. Despite the costs of an evening out, two out of every five Americans saw at least one movie per week.
Radio flourished as those who owned a radio set before the crash could listen for free. President Roosevelt made wide use of radio technology with his periodic "fireside chats" to keep the public informed.
Dorothea Lange depicted the sadness of Depression farm life with her stirring photographs. And an apt musical form — the blues — gained popularity during the decade. Great Myths of the Great Depression This essay claims there are some popular misconceptions about the Great Depression from an economic perspective.
Its primary goal is to dispel the "myth" that the Depression occurred when free enterprise collapsed under its own weight. Keep in mind the source here — the Foundaton for Economic Freedom. It's a group with a somewhat dogmatic, though scholarly, approach to economics.
Read the piece, explore the resources in the footnotes, and then begin to decide for yourself. The History of Tramp Art The phrase "tramp art" may sound like sidewalk paintings and crude sketches.
But the drawings, boxes and picture frames produced by "tramps" and "hobos" during the Depression became some of the most sought-after art from this era. This website presents essays on the history of "tramp art" along with several photo examples.No nation could emerge from the cauldron of national crisis without profound social and cultural changes.
While many undesirable vices associated with hopelessness were on the rise, many family units were also strengthened through the crisis. Jul 07, · Although slavery of African-Americans in the United States has been abolished for many years now, the psychological and emotional stresses have been placed upon African-Americans who still struggle to deal with the trauma of slavery.
This research paper will be focused on the African-American race and how the psyche of the average black person living.
News about World War II (), including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times. Welcome to the American Perspectives Volume I eText Website for Houston Community College.
Follow the instructions below to redeem the access code found in the Pearson Learning Solutions Student Access Kit that was packaged with your book. The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange just after the crash of On Black Tuesday, October twenty-ninth, the market collapsed.
Is the deliberate mass murder of civilians on a huge scale ever justified? This article does not have an answer for this question. However, it is important to note that this was a very specific goal of England and America in World War II as the quotes above show.