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Slide 1 - The Great Depression
Slide 2 - 1929-1939 Stock market crash Didn’t realize the effect it would have No money to replenish what was borrowed Many found being broke humiliating.
Slide 3 - The Roaring 20’s The new concept of “credit” People were buying: Automobiles Appliances Clothes Fun times reigned Dancing Flappers Drinking
Slide 4 - Why was this bad? Credit system People didn’t really have the money they were spending WWI The U.S. was a major credit loaner to other nations in need Many of these nations could not pay us back
Slide 5 - The Stock Market People bought stocks on margins If a stock is $100 you can pay $10 now and the rest later when the stock rose Stocks fall Now the person has less than $100 and no money to pay back
Slide 6 - And then…. With people panicking about their money investors tried to sell their stocks This leads to a huge decline in stocks Stocks were worthless now People who bought on “margins” now could not pay Investors were average people that were now broke
Slide 7 - Herbert Hoover was president at the start Philosophy: We’ll make it! What He Did: Nothing The poor were looking for help and no ideas on how to correct or help were coming President Hoover
Slide 8 - Farmers were already feeling the effects Prices of crops went down Many farms foreclosed People could not afford luxuries Factories shut down Businesses went out Banks could not pay out money People could not pay their taxes Schools shut down due to lack of funds Many families became homeless and had to live in shanties What about the people?
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Slide 10 - Many waited in unemployment lines hoping for a job.
Slide 11 - People in cities would wait in line for bread to bring to their family.
Slide 12 - Some families were forced to relocate because they had no money.
Slide 13 - “Hooverville” Some families were forced to live in shanty towns A grouping of shacks and tents in vacant lots They were referred to as “Hooverville” because of President Hoover’s lack of help during the depression.
Slide 14 - Hooverville
Slide 15 - Out of the Dust: The South and the Dust Bowl
Slide 16 - A drought in the South lead to dust storms that destroyed crops. “The Dust Bowl”
Slide 17 - The South Was Buried Crops turned to dust=No food to be sent out Homes buried Fields blown away South in state of emergency Dust Bowl the #1 weather crisis of the 20th century
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Slide 19 - Two Families During the Depression
Slide 20 - A Farm Foreclosure
Slide 21 - Some families tried to make money by selling useful crafts like baskets.
Slide 22 - *FDR* When he was inaugurated unemployment had increased by 7 million. Poor sections (like Harlem) had 50% of the pop. unemployed Instated the “New Deal” Yea! Frankie!
Slide 23 - People everywhere were effected by the depression It wasn’t till President Roosevelt took over and tried to put the economy back together that people even saw a glimmer of hope
Slide 24 - To Kill a Mockingbird
Slide 25 - Major Historical Happenings... Jim Crow Laws Scottsboro Trials Recovering from the Great Depression Racial Injustice Poor South
Slide 26 - Jim Crow Laws After the American Civil War most states in the South passed anti-African American legislation. These became known as Jim Crow laws. These laws included segregation in… Schools -- Hospitals Theaters -- Water fountains Restaurants Hotels Public transportation Some states forbid inter-racial marriages
Slide 27 - These laws were instituted in 1896 and were not abolished till the late 1950’s (even then still not completely).
Slide 28 - 9 young African-American men (13-20) accused of raping 2 white girls in 1931 Immediately sentenced to death Trials went on for nearly 15 years before all the men were dismissed Scottsboro Boys Trial
Slide 29 - Started on a train bound for Memphis Several white men boarded and picked a fight with the black men Whites were forced off train by the 12 black men. The white men reported the the black men had raped two white girls on the train to authorities They were immediately arrested and tried in front of an all-white jury.
Slide 30 - The trials caused a huge uproar amongst the black community.
Slide 31 - Harper Lee
Slide 32 - Wrote To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960 Based the story on her life growing up in Monroeville, Alabama TKAM was the only novel she ever wrote
Slide 33 - The character of “Dill,” Scout and Jem’s playmate in the novel was based upon Lee’s actual neighbor, Truman Capote Capote is famous for amongst other things, In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It has been said that he gave Lee Mockingbird as a gift.
Slide 34 - In 1962 the novel was turned into a film starring Gregory Peck. It received a humanitarian award and several Academy Award nominations
Slide 35 - The End