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Jul 11

Ten Interesting Facts . . . . The Great Depression

 

  1. On October 29, 1929, the stock market lost $14 billion. During the week of Black Tuesday, the stock market lost $30 billion. This would be equivalent to $377,587,032,770.41 today.
  2. Dorothea Lange’s photo of Florence Thompson with several of her children has become a moving symbol to the Great Depression.
    In the photo, Florence Thompson was age 32 with seven children. She was a migrant pea picker in California.
     Migrant Mother
  3. Average Rate of Unemployment during the Great Depression

in 1929: 3.2%
in 1930: 8.9%
in 1931: 16.3%
in 1932: 24.1%
in 1933: 24.9%
in 1934: 21.7%
in 1935: 20.1%
in 1936: 16.9%
in 1937: 14.3%
in 1938: 19.0%
in 1939: 17.2%

 

  1. The board game Monopoly became a big success when it first went on the market in 1935. Players could pretend to be rich. This was a nice break from the reality of the depression.

 

  1. As money became scarce, gangsters began to surface. Some infamous gangsters of the 1930s included:
  • John Dillinger
  • “Baby Face” Nelson
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • Pretty Boy Floyd
  • Ma Barker and her Boys
  • Bonnie and Clyde

 

  1. Going to the movies was a favorite pastime during the Great Depression. Approximately 60 to 80 million Americans went to the movies weekly. Hit movies included: 

    • Tom Sawyer (1930)
    • Frankenstein (1931)
    • King Kong (1933)
    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    • Gone with the Wind (1939)
    • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
     The Wizard of Oz

 

  1. Average Wages during the 1930s
Occupation Income
Industries $1388/year
Government Workers $1517/year
Public School Teacher $1455/year
Building Trades $1233/year
Health Services Worker $933/year
Doctor $3172/year

 

  1. Because buttons were too expensive, Americans began using zippers during the Great Depression.

 

  1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised a “New Deal for the American People” when he became President in 1933. He established a number of federal organizations such as TVA, NRA, CCC, and WPA to get people back to work.

 

  1. Price of Goods
    Product Price in the 1920s Price in the 1930s Price in the 1940s Prince in the 1950s
    Butter (Pound) $ .70 $ .46 $ .42 $ .74
    Eggs (Dozen) $ .78 $ .52 $ .45 $ .67
    Rice (Pound) $ .17 $ .09 $ .08 $ .17
    Washing Machine (Electrical) $ 85.00 $ 74,50 $ 48.00 $ 65.00
    Bicycle $ 43.00 $ 32,00 $29,00 $45.00

     

    Information Sources

    http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/04/12_great-depression.html

     http://www.shmoop.com/great-depression/statistics.html

    http://great-depression-facts.com/

    http://usa.usembassy.de/etexts/his/e_prices1.htm

    Photo Credits

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Poor_mother_and_children,_Oklahoma,_1936_by_Dorothea_Lange.jpg

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lange-MigrantMother02.jpg

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Wizard_of_Oz_Haley_Bolger_Garland_Lahr_1939.jpg

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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1 comment

  1. Audry

    Thank you for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your further post thanks once again.

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