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The Great Depression
Transcript of The Great Depression
Many people who lost their jobs illegally "rode the rails" to find jobs farther away
Railway companies were mad at the nonpaying riders so they hired railway bulls to stop the free riders.
A "railroad bull" is a brutal guard hired by the railway to keep hobos off the train (many hobos were beaten or killed)
Most people with cars lived in their cars or would travel and find a campsite to stay, then search for jobs even if they find a job they wont have enough to support their family
Since many people did not have enough money for other transportation and they had to sell their vehicles, they had to walk to get wherever they wanted to go.
Some families would hitchhike down highways and hitch rides. Roughly 200,000 of these people walked to California.
Since people can't afford gasoline for they removed their car engine to make it lighter and they used a horse to pull their cars
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During the Great Depression, people took the bus if they had the money. Many people had to take the bus if they sold their vehicle or if they worked too far away to walk.
Bus tickets home from work or school were 10 cents for 20 miles. Some buses were just a wagon pulled by horses.
In 1930s people had to sell their vehicles for money which lead to few people investing in bikes. Not many people rode bikes because they were hard to steer in the poor road conditions.
Since families had a shortage on money, people could save money by using bikes instead of cars. This was a great was to save money because 25% of the workforce was unemployed couldn't afford cars. Most of the increase was do to the usage of bikes by children.