Daily Life During The Great Depression

By | January 14, 2019

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Men searching for work. Source: (worldhistory.US)

During the Great Depression, nearly one-fourth of Americans were unemployed. People were earning 60% less than they had been— but if people had any type of employment, they were grateful. The take-home pay was about $17 per week (less than $1,000 per year), but most people made much less than that.

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A typical family during the Great Depression. Source: (dailymail.co.uk)

How did Families Make it Work?

To afford a place to live, it was common for extended families to live together. Sometimes, different families would share one home to save money. Many ‘luxuries’ were forgotten. People would cut their hair at home instead of going to a barber or salon. Medical and dental care were also put off. Hand-me-downs were all most kids, and adults had. Even worn out shoes would be patched because there was no money to buy new ones. Saturday nights would be spent ‘window shopping,” dreaming of the things they wish could be bought.