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4.05 The Great Depression
Transcript of 4.05 The Great Depression
"Lew" Sterling Jr.
4.05 The Great Depression
You now have learned about the causes of the Great Depression and as well as how the United States’ government reacted to it. You also read and/or saw how the Americans were affected by these hard times. Look at the following photograph shown on this screen, then choose three people from the photograph, and write one paragraph from each person's perspective explaining how the Great Depression has affected their lives.
This photograph was taken by Dorothea Lange, who is an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist who was also best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration in 1935 of two families on the side of a highway in Bakersfield, California.
“We have been on the road for a few weeks now. My own children have been treated this as if a road voyage, however it was not really like that. We have been given them all of this food for nourishment, but I must confess that I actually have sneaked some over here and there was well for my wife. It really has been such an uneven jaunt. We have been quite stationary by a few metropolises and most have been basically devastated by that Dust Bowl. During this tragic depression, it mainly looked like as if it appeared that most were either losing their own property and acreage or jobs or even worse. How could this actually happen to a country that was so bizarre or astonishing?”
“We are here still on the road and the family looks more voracious and insatiable by the day. If I call correctly, the nearest municipality is just up the road. How this day is so fast, our family should make it into town in about two days. Optimistically, this town does not really look like it was affected by that Dust Bowl. In that case, then our family can just start here from scratch. I actually have observed that Grandfather, well the kid’s grandfather, is starting to become really feeble… but if our family does not make it to the town soon, then he might or probably will be too feeble to travel any longer.”
“Day by day… and by day… I honestly feel like my legs are basically giving out on me and it is quite very harsher to move onto. That might be what has grown me so anemic. I honestly cannot assist my own grand kids out due to the fact that I can possibly no longer carry them. That is appalling of me to actually say that, but indeed, it is the truth. However, we, the family, will be approaching the next settlement in the next couple of days and then, just maybe, that there will be assistance.”
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