The Great Depression

How did People React to Everything During the Depression?

No Money

As the stocks began falling, the people who held stocks began getting worried that they would lost their money, which many people were. 80% of Americans had no savings at all and most stocks they held were mortgaged, which meant that if they lost their stocks, they would lose all of the money that they had. People began buying even more stocks, hoping that by doing this, they could save the market and get more money. Unfortunately for them, they were putting the companies even farther under.
The fear that people would lose all of their money caused those who did have savings in the bank to go retrieve them. People would rush to their bank and take all of the money they had out of the bank all at once. When so many people took out their money, they left the bank without any funding at all, forcing it to close. The banks weren't protected by the government before the New Deal, which meant that when the banks had to close, any unfortunate person who didn't take their money out yet lost all of the money that had in that bank.

No Jobs

The mass-production of the 1920's had given many Americans jobs in factories, but when people stopped buying their goods and they gained surpluses, people had to be cut. With all of the money they had in stocks gone and all of the banks with their savings closed, the jobs were the only thing people still had to earn money and get food on the table. Only now, they didn't have the jobs anymore, and it wasn't only people in factories. Farmers lost jobs because of the Dust Bowl. The fertile land of the Great Plains was all gone, they couldn't farm anymore. When a drought hit the land, the dust storms that followed drove many former-farmers out.
Farmers and factory workers alike travelled the country and cities trying to find jobs for money and food. For those who couldn't get another job in the cities, many went to places in the East, like California to get small jobs on farms and ranches. When people stayed in the cities without a real home, the ended up living in small Hovervilles while still trying to find some work and money for food and proper shelter.


People didn't have food, didn't have jobs, and just barely had money. The depression was, to say the least, depressing. People wanted a way to get out of all of the bad things that were happening in their life, even if it was only for a short while. Going to watch movies became very popular during the Great Depression. It helped them feel thing not everything was so bad. Movies like the Wizard of Oz, King Kong, and Snow White made their first premires and comics like Superman came into popularity for the first time. Movies helped lighten the mood of people so that they could have an easier time getting on with their lives. 

The Fight

You couldn't just leave the depression be and let it ravage the country, people needed the money to get food and shelter to survive. To get money, they needed jobs, but the problem was, there were none. When a quarter of the people in the nation are unemployed, even if one person gets a small job, there are still thousands who didn't have one. They needed huge jobs that needed a lot of people. The New Deal had several administrations that helped supply jobs, such as the Civillian Conservation Corporation, Tennessee Valley Authority, Works Progress Administration, and Federal Number 1, but things such as the construction of the Hoover Dam that also gave more people work. All of these gave people work and money to help the battle against the depression. It wasn't just the New Deal that helped to fight it, but other people did too.