Skip to comments.Never-before-seen pictures capture everyday life of destitute Americans during the Great Depression
Posted on 06/09/2012 9:30:09 AM PDT by djone
"And you thought it was bad now... Since the onset of the recession in 2007, pundits have compared the crisis to the Great Depression of the 1930s - but this week's release of 1,000 photographs from that bygone era serves as a reminder of how truly harsh that period was. "
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Given the state of the Obama economy these pictures could have been taken last week.
This is propaganda!!!
In those years settlers in the West were still living in dugouts by choice so they could work their land.
Blacks and whites were living in “hovels” in the South, but they called them homes.
Migrant workers are migrant workers. I’ve done some of that on a sheep shearing team in New Zealand. It was hard work, and we were not pretty, but it paid and fed us.
Those times were hard, but put those photos next to starving Africans. In spite of the depression, everyone looks well nurished.
We cannot look at the 1930’s through the lens of our current prosperity and ease. They toughed it out because life was tough in the best of times.
I saw more smiles than frowns in these photos. I also noticed that the photos were almost all of families, together. Most of the photos were of people working. I wonder if these people considered themselves “poor?”
B&W pictures make it look so bad. Not long ago someone e-mailed me a bunch of KODACHROME COLOR photos of the 1930s. All the difference in the world!
My folks lived through that time, from the hard times on a tobacco farm in Tennessee to the hard times in the dust bowl where they did not leave. They survived.
My mother, father, and grandfather remembered this time well. I do, too - partically. I was born in 1950. I remember living in my grandpa’s house that had electricity (REA), a well, and an outhouse out back.
I remember as a young boy getting baths in a big galvanized tub filled with hot water taken from the well and heated on the stove. Heat was a coal burning stove/heater that was in the kitchen/open room in the center of the house...the whole house was about 750 square feet, 4 rooms. When my mom swept the floors all she need do was sweep the dirt through the cracks in the wood to the dirt below.
He was a carpenter, my dad a veteran serviceman with a 5th grade education. It wasn’t hard with their help to do better than they did. I worry now, with Obama and his socialists, if those times of my childhood will be visited on my grandchildren.
Ironic, isn’t it, that we must rely on our cousins across The Pond to find images that The Left doesn’t want us to see.
U-6, the “real” unemployment rate, May 2012: 14.8%.
Thing is, it comes from the UK to show how bad we had it. They’ve never done a series on how bad the UK was during that time and turn of the century (1890-1900). It made our Depression look like prosperity.
And this didn’t stop for over 10 years under an FDR administration.
Will we learn?
Using the accurate U6 data, we’re not all that far away:
Holy carp: look at this...
Hey troll, go back to your mommie’s basement
Don't think these white folks would've quite understood.
How is he a troll?
You are right. Most families had a father and a mother. Plus as my Mom has told me many times they never felt that bad about themselves because everybody was in the same boat. Families doubled up and the men went out looking for work and the women did the housework and cooked and washed clothes while minding the children. My mom has said that many nights all they had was cornbread with milk over it and my Dad said they never starved but a lot of nights it was just potatoes and nothing else. There was no food stamps or welfare and people were too proud to take it anyway.
I'm not so sure the Left minds if we see these photos. After all, their story (and they are sticking to it) is that it was Wall Street greed which led to the Crash in '29, kicking off the Depression and only when FDR got control of the government did things get better.
The reality is much different, as the economic policy of both Hoover and Roosevelt (ridiculously similar to the kind of transformed America that Obama wants) contributed to deepening and lengthening the Depression, not fixing it.
Dittos to the “Holy carp”
Am I crazy, or most of those people look BETTER fit than people today? If you take random photos of poor people in America, they are fat and are clearly not suffering from the lack of food. Those depression era poor people at least look to have dignity (at least in appearance).
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.