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Many times throughout history the United States has undergone economic depression The most recognized period of economic depression is called the Great Depression The Great Depression is well known because of the seriousness of the stock market crash The results of the crash were more serious than any other crash throughout American History The Great Depression caused a change in the nature of the American family an increase in poverty traumatic mass unemployment and President Herbert Hoovers failing attempts to help Americas economy While most Americans are familiar with the Great Depression as a time of economic disaster it also had an impact on the American family life There were obvious differences in the classes as a result of the Great Depression The lower and the middle classes changed considerably but the upper class lifestyle did not vary a great deal The fathers role as head of the household became more challenging because there were fewer jobs The reality of the lower class was that few men brought home paychecks Each family member contributed whatever he or she could to the groups survival Women were offered greater opportunities in the work force however they tended to take the position of stay-at-home mothers feeling that in a time of high unemployment what jobs there were should be reserved for men Nevertheless the number of women with paid jobs rose 25 percent during the 1930s Often times women workers took modest non-professional jobs making just enough to supplement their dwindling family incomes Children in the lower class often worked odd jobs to earn a few needed extra dollars Along with a change in the American family life there was also an increase in poverty The Great Depression was an intense time of poverty The downfall of American businesses the closing of banks and the lowered employment contributed to this period of destitute Between 1930 and 1933 more than 9000 banks holding billions of dollars in uninsured
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