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Was There A Depression In Britain In The 1930s?

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Was There A Depression In Britain In The 1930s? From 1929 to the mid 1930's the Great Depression occurred. It was so big it affected almost every country as the effects of it carried on and on. However, for different people in different places things weren't always so bad. I shall explain how the 'Depression' affected various people. One group of people who were affected by the Great Depression was the government. In America, the Wall Street Crash, the stock market had collapsed. In just one day 12,894,650 shares were sold. America had to withdraw its loans to Europe and so the Great Depression began. The Labour party became more and more divided as the different people wanted to do different things to amend the depression. The Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald eventually formed an all-party "National Government" as international banks refused to accept the British pound. The depression had split the government, so what would do to the people? During the Great Depression there was a huge impact on the old industries such as coal mining. ...read more.

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For example, mothers were known to cook pig's heads, pigeons and cod heads. Families were forced to lend each other various necessities such as clothing and soap. There was usually no running water inside a household and families often had to share a bed between them. There were countless bugs and insects living on the floors and walls which people fought hard to get rid of and in most cases families were so desperate for money that their children resorted to stealing. 230,000 families in London alone lived in unfit housing and in the whole of England it was a colossal 1000,000 families. However, family life wasn't all that bad in the depression. For two weeks in the year, families who could afford it went on holiday. In the working class Blackpool was the leading holiday destination where many people joined holiday camps. The holidays based in Blackpool were always very social vents as the camps were very communal and held very sociable activities and on the packed beaches many people were paddling or sun-bathing together with their neighbours from their homes. ...read more.

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However, massive slum clearance schemes were soon introduced and more and more working class families found themselves being moved from their tiny old houses into new ones. 1500,000 families had been allocated new homes by the end of the 1930s. They were amazed to find that they had running water taps inside their houses and even a bath! There was more than one bedroom so they definitely didn't have to share a bed any more and sometimes there was even a bedroom for each of the children! Families were delighted to find that they now had small gardens and a front family room. The change was huge and definitely adds to one of the highlights of that time in history. I conclude that the decision as to whether there really was a Great Depression is still indecisive. There are many convincing points for both cases. It's for certain that some families suffered greatly, and some were becoming wealthier and wealthier, but as to whether it was a Great Depression, it's not for sure. Kate Wilkinson 9H 16/03/03 ...read more.

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