History 202 February 3
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Date Created: 02/05/16
History 202 Lecture2/1/16 and 2/3/16 (cont.) Life in the Great Depression ❖ Hard times are not evenly spread among people or places ➢ Bank Run: The rush to withdraw money out of panic, fear, apprehension ❖ Detroit: 1933: 60% unemployment (50,000 jobless) ➢ City gave permits to sell fruit to 600 people (now what’s that going to do?) ❖ Who is to blame for their situation? Who is responsible to help their situation? ➢ Government? Banks? Investment firms? Markets? Business leaders? Corporations? Themselves? ➢ People walking around as ads for themselves, trying to find a job ■ Seek work (LA) or give up? ■ Protest or Despair? ❖ U.S. Suicide rate per 100,000 ➢ 1929: 14 ➢ 1936: 17 *higher than it is today* ➢ 2010: 12.0 ❖ 82 Breadlines in New York City fed 85,000 daily, 19311932 ➢ Soup kitchen type things feeding a lot of people off of a small amount of money. How long can one sustain that? ➢ Al Capone opened soup kitchen in Chicago ❖ Waiting for a job (Los Angeles) Getting the message; sign that says “Jobless Men Keep Going” ➢ Prices go way down but many people still can’t afford stuff which is just as bad for sellers because people can’t buy their stuff so they won’t make money ❖ “Hooverville”: shanty towns or communities built by homeless people during the Great Depression ❖ Dorthea Lange photographer and American journalist that documented the Depressionera ❖ Florence Thompsonfamous picture of her and her kids that represented the hardships during the depression ➢ She was the face of the depression even though there were thousands of others living in the same conditions as her ➢ Never got any money for the picture that was nationally seen of her 2/3/16 CONTINUED A. Hard to be president a. Aging process they look a heck of a lot older than when they started B. 1930s people really liked to watch comedies and lavish musicals during the Great Depression represented what they wanted (happy and lively environment) ie. Gold Diggers of 1933 C. Political Skills of Franklin D. Roosevelt on display in this 1933 photograph a. Him “driving” with a cigarette in between his teeth with a big grin on his face; he has no use of his legs (he can drive a car because it was modified to be used by hand) ie. FDR wants to show his mobility i. Creased hat in the picture; drawing attention to hat or showing he’s the common man. ii. His skill was having people notice his upper body and make people forget that he was handicapped and spent most of his time in a wheel chair b. FDR: governor of NY in 1930 but outside nationally, not the most well known quality D. Raised in a particular way that affects how he acts later (Lots of money, lots of attention, people differential to you= personality that is arrogant, self satisfied, not a hard worker) a. Spoiled and a People Pleaser (personality of a golden retriever) b. Ordered to not upset his parents or cause them problems because both had serious conditions (Dad had heart condition, mom was recommended to not have any more kids for her health) c. Tended to hide feelings of unhappiness d. At age 39 he had become a lawyer; Democrat; contracted polio He said two things “I will beat this disease” and “I will become president” E. Fewer than 2% of polio victims are paralyzed but there no effective treatment for them a.
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