The 30’s Fairy’s Visit


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“The Great Depression’s overrated.”

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“Gasp!”
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“Who are you?”

“I’m the 30’s fairy and I know when people don’t respect other time periods.”
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“Follow me! You need to learn a lesson! Woosh.”

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“This is a street from the 1930’s. On October 29, 1929, the stock market crashed. That sent the financal world in to chaos. There was a wave of suicides in New York’s banking area. Apparantly, the clerks at one hotel even started asking if the new guests needed a room for sleeping or jumping!”

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“That’s horrible!”

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“Yes. And the average income for a family dropped 40% from 1929 to 1932.”
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“But 30’s fairy, where are we?”
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“Were in Hooverville. There are Hoovervilles all over the counry. They’re named after President Herbert Hoover, who got us into this mess.”

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“And even more is named after President Hoover. Hoover blankets are newspapers used as blankets, Hoover stew is food from soup kitchens, and Hoover wagons are broken cars pulled by mules.”

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“But how did people survive?”

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“Well, see that girl over there. She is selling apples on commision for 5 cents each. And many people move west, to California, to become migarant workers. They lived on company camps and picked, sorted, and packaged what ever is in season.”

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“Wow that’s crazy, 30’s fairy, and you know what? I will never, ever think that the Great Depression’s overrated again.”

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“Case closed!”

This is another homeschool history project. I hope you can guess what time I’m learning about.

Peace out,
Willsbardgirl

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