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Bagger Vance and the Bhagavad Gita - THE GREAT DEPRESSION

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum has a timeline about the Great Depression. It also has an image depicting Wall Street as it appeared at the time of the market "crash." One of the first things President Hoover did, to try to lessen the impact of the crash, was to double "spending for public buildings, dams, highways, and harbors."

 

The "Great Depression" was a time of unprecedented despair. After the 1929 stock market crash, America (and many other countries) endured long, trying years of economic downturn, lost fortunes, and personal tragedies.

People were uprooted when out-of-work families packed up everything they owned and moved to California. By 1932, the worst year of the depression (follow the link to see the dramatic downturn in U.S. rates of production), nearly 25% of the American work force was unemployed.

Without means of transportation, people had to walk miles just to see their families. Living in squatter’s camps (called “Hoovervilles”), dislocated families tried to stay together.

In other parts of the country, men left their families “at home” while they went to the industrial north to find work. Their “bachelor cabins” were nothing more than shanty towns. But there was also “No Work” for people in the north. The bustling docks of New York City were quiet.

Before the days of the FDR along the East River, and the Westside Parkway along the Hudson, an artist (like Russian emigre Raphael Soyer) could walk to the water’s edge where he drew images of human hopelessness.

Employment agencies in New York City were inundated with applications from well-dressed, out-of-work people.

The “land of plenty” had become the land of hard times.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5189stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 01, 2000

Updated Last Revision: Jun 24, 2019


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