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Living conditions during the Great Depression

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Brenna McDaniels

on 23 March 2011

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Living Conditions During the Great Depression Hoovervilles Hoovervilles were small scrungy towns built by homeless people during the Great Depression. These settlements were commonly formed on empty land and consisted of tents and small shacks. Thye people named these towns after President Cleveland, because they believe he led the nation into the Depression. Entertainment Since money was tight, people had fun by doing free things. They did things like play board games, play sports, or listen to the radio if they had one. One exception to this was the movie theatre. The movie theatre business thrived during the Great Depression. Movies were a way for people to escape reality and get away from the stresses of their lives and the economy. Children Many children had to leave school during the Great Depression in order to help support their families. These children were payed meager wages. At the middle of the Great Depression, 2.25 million children between the ages of 10 and 18 worked in factories, mines, and farms. In free time, kids would be kids and got to play outside with their friends. Women While the man were out working shorter hours with less pay, women of the depression were trying to make ends meet. They budgeted and many even planted gardens to save money on food. Many women who had jobs had to give them up to be house wives. People during the Great Depression had to pinch pennies. They ate things like casseroles with very little meat, soups, rice, breaded pudding, cornbread, vegetables, and beans. Food Commonly Eaten
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