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The experiences of Americans during the Great Depression varied greatly. For most, the Great Depression was a timeof hardships and trials.

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The experiences of Americans during the Great Depression varied greatly. For most, the Great Depression was a time of hardships and trials. The way that people tried were different though, some languished in a collapsed economy, while others had to struggle to make a living in the remote regions of the country. The years berween 1929 and 1933 were trying years for people throughout the world. Inflation was often so high money became nearly worthless. America had lost the prosperity it had known during the 1920's. America was caught in a trap of a complete meltdown of economy, workers had no jobs simply because it cost too much to ship the abundance of goods being produced. This cycle was unbreakable, and produced what is nearly universally recognized as the greatest economic collapse of all times. Almost 15 years passed since the ecomony started raising up again. I have decided that its the right time to visit a famaliy that lived throughout the time of the depression. I chosed the Kent family, one of the families that lived through the depression in Chicago, in area that was also called White City. In this area there were no Black people and the only people around them were white. I would like to introduce and give alittle bit of a background about Kent's family. The head of the house is John Joseph Kent, he was born in 1899, Chicago. His wife Edith Sylvia Gordon Kent, was born in 1905 in New York. ...read more.

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We were working on our morning newspapers so hard everyday, but I guess people stoppd caring about the news, or maybe another paper gave them more information than ours. I didn't know how to react and tell the news to Edith. My salary wasn't high before and at this point i thought that my kids will starve, I had no options in my mind of finding better job." 5. Have you ever experience the hardest times? living with no food for a while? 5. (Edith) "Yes we have lived the hardest times as well. It was one year, I can't remember which one, now days it all lookslike a very bad dream. Anyway, one year John didn't work at all, I was taking care of Mildred. Neither my family nor John's family could help us with some money, the charities tried to help us but it was too many families to take care of. We would live with no bread for few days, and if we managed to get some pieces of bread it went stright to the mouth of Beverly and Mildred. All we cared was to make sure that they wont get sick or starve." 6. I know it might sounds wired, but was anything that you tired to do to entartaine yourselfes? 6. (Beverly) " As far as I remeber, I tried to entartaine my self sometimes, or just went out to look for some friends who tried to forget those times for couple of minutes. ...read more.

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We will stick together as a family and help each other to pass the situation. Great Depression was a worldwide business slump of the 1930's. It ranked as the worst and longest period of high unemployment and low business activity in modern times. The Great Depression began in October 1929, when stock values in the United States dropped rapidly. Thousands of stockholders lost large sums of money. Many of these stockholders were even wiped out. Banks, factories, and stores closed and left millions of Americans jobless and penniless. Many people had to depend on the government or charity to provide them with food. After interviewing the Kent family, I have learned that it was very hard for poeple to survive. People couldn't effort to spend money, some people couldn't even buy bread or milk for their kids. Kent's family was lucky from some point of view, John had his car and he sold it to finance his family. Edith also help him, she started working as a nurse and brough some money home to support her daugthers. It was very sad for me to hear that Beverly couldn't play with her friends and was imberesed of the red sweater that her mother bought for her. I'm the same age as Beverly but my family always food on the table. Also this family was lucky because they lived among whites, they lived in Chicago in white city, no blacks. I don't know what would happened if this city would be involved with black people because then they would probably destroy it. I'm very happy that I had a chance to interview this family who suffert from the depression but also survived it. ...read more.

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