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The Great Depression

facts on the great depression in saskatchewan

atyra bavle

on 15 February 2011

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1930 By: Atyra Bavle The great Depression In 1930 the province of Saskatchewan experienced extreme hardship in the great depression. Grasshoppers hail and drought destroyed millions of acres of wheat. The drought caused massive crop failures, Saskatchewan became known as the Dust Bowl. The term “The Dirty Thirties" described the prairies. In 1933 there was a wage cut this time 15%. There was a relief program set up for families and for all unemployed men. Due to wheat crop crash people started to starve. It was estimated that over 60% of men and over 80% of women were making less than one thousand dollars per year. 1933 On New Years' day, 1931, predictions were made that the depression would be over by the end of the year. 1932 1931 Strikes and protests were led by the Communists, many of which in violent clashes with the police. Some include a coal miners’ strike that resulted in the Estevan Riot in Estevan, Saskatchewan that left three strikers dead by RCMP bullets in 1932. 1934 The Saskatchewan general election of 1934 was the eighth provincial election held in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It was held on June 19, 1934 1935 The Bennett Government initially refused to offer large-scale aid or relief to the provinces to anger provincial premiers, but it eventually gave in and started a Canadian "New Deal" type of relief by 1935. 1936 The depression affected everyone in some way and there was no way to escape it. As the depression carried on in 1936, 1 in 5 Canadians were fully dependent on government relief programs. 1937 To make matters even worse, Saskatchewan suffered a drought. Dust storms swept across the prairies, making it impossible for farmers to grow the quantities of wheat they needed to provide for the markets. The wheat that survived the dust storms could not grow tall and healthy due to a lack of rain. 1938 The birth ratio was 13.1 births per thousand, and then in 1938 the ratio dropped again to 9.7 births per thousand. The rural population grew more rapidly than the urban population. 1939 At least 250,000 people left the prairie provinces due to unemployment. 1940 A new government program started to hook up farm houses to electricity. Making farm life easier and safe. Resourses http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=a1ARTA0003425
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