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Social Effects During the Great Depression

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Emily Mark

on 31 March 2014

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There was no way any nation could go through the Great Depression without any social effects occuring...
Crime Rates Increase
During the depression, crime rates started to increase as incomes began to decrease. Many newly unemployed workers had to turn to crime to provide essentials for their families. Alcoholism wasn't necessarily a crime but as people started to drink even more during the Depression to escape their lives, crime began to occur. Prostitution became popular as well, due to desperate situations.
During the Great Depression, most could not see the point in going to school because there were no jobs to even go to school for. Also, many others just were not able to afford education. Public spending on education decreased immensely, forcing schools to open without much staff or close because of low funds.
As you can see, very few kids attended school during the Great Depression because many could not afford it or there was just simply not point in going.
Demographic Trends
Instead of being even more in debt, couples began to wait to get married. Also, abandonment rates were more popular than divorce rates because many men chose "the poor man's divorce" simply because they couldn't afford to provide for their family and even a divorce. Plus, many woman were educated on birth control to keep themselves from having to pay for yet another person.
Mass Migrations
It was kind of a given that people were going to try to escape the Depression and many populations all around the world increased and decreased, depending on opportunity rates. Many rural places like New England&upstate New York lost citizens that were looking for jobs elsewhere. Many of the people migrating were adolescents looking for jobs anywhere because they had families to provide for. Over 600,000 migrants were caught jumping and riding on trains, but went unpunished.
Unfortunately, unemployment was one of the major contributing factors of the Great Depression. Men who lost their jobs felt like a disgrace to their family and community, making the children and women having to go job hunting. Usually if women were fired it was because the employer found out she was married, women were always accused of taking jobs from men. The people who lost their jobs couldn't feed their families, pay rent or even support their families.
Social Effects During the Great Depression
By:Emily Mark

These were the unemployment rates during the Great Depression
How did people cope?
Overall, the Great Depression was a very difficult time for most people and many were effected socially. How did they cope or even survive? Unemployment rates were low and crime rates were high, everyone did what they needed to do to survive, even though many choices and solutions weren't the best.
Many families were hit with starvation because there wasn't any money in the budget for large amounts of food.
Many mental institutions were overcrowded and popular during the years of the Great Depression because most were depressed from the whole era of the Great Depression.
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