New Deal Relief Projects1 Essay

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New Deal Relief Projects1



Trying to get a job during the
1930’s could prove troublesome,
or impossible. So how did they
manage to survive?
Anyone can tell you that the
1930’s were no picnic. Unemployment
was up to 600% in 1933 from 1928,
leaving 12.8 million people without jobs.
4,004 banks were suspended in 1933 due
to “financial difficulties.” The value if
U.S. exports was down $2.5 billion from
1928. And to top it all off, the whole
Great Plains was shut down due to dust
bowls.
Roosevelt’s New Deal attacked
this developing situation, but his work
just put a dent in the already booming
depression. The whole world, in fact,
was in the same fix we were in. Due to
the war and the U.S. raising the tariffs,
other countries had few other countries
to trade with. These countries couldn’t
support themselves in their current
condition, due to the war reparations and
costs of casualties from both man and
machine.
People on the West Coast were
only a little better off than the rest of the
nation, and even that didn’t last long
because hundreds of thousands of people
who lived on the Great Plains migrated to
the West Coast in hope for a new home,
and a job to support their families.
Most people who couldn’t find a
job had to lean on support from the
government. The government set up
temporary camps for these people to live
in. However, some people were forced to
live in cities made of garbage and other
scrap materials called “Hoovervilles,”
where some whole families were forced
to live in piano boxes and garbage cans.
They often died from diseases because
they had eaten rotten and decomposing
garbage out of dumps. People could be
seen chasing garbage trucks down the
road and overtaking them to mug the
garbage men of their trash. At times, men
might even go as far as to kill another for
a heap of trash.
Only three years after the stock
market crash, more than 13 million
people were unemployed, which
represented 25% of the labor force of the
U.S.
Wages had dropped to as little
as a nickel for a hard hours work. More
than 200,000 children, and even babies
were wandering lost because their parents
had died, only to later face starvation
themselves.
“Then an angel feel from
heaven...” said many people describing
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