Hooverville Prep

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Hooverville Prep Describe what is happening Unemployment rates never dipped below 15%, high of 25% Crowded Poor sanitation Sick industries Shanty town—homeless community ( wherever there was space with  whatever they had) People in Hooverville didn’t fit the normal homeless people profile President Hoover was blamed for not doing enough during/before  depression Resort to Hoovervilles because the private charities had exhausted  resources Coping with the Depression o Burning surplus crops o Many die from starvation Travelled looking for work o Dust Bowl o Oakies Before the photo Causes of the Great Depression Sick industries o Industries doing poorly due to changing conditions o Example= coal to oil and electricity o Example= railroads to trucks o Worst industry=farming o High costs of farming but low prices on farm produce o Surplus after the war=drop in prices (more supply than buyers) o Average income= $300-$500 a year Overexpansion of Credit o Too much borrowing o Installment buying for household products and luxuries o Banks supplied credit and loans—not enough people paying back —reason for bank failure and loss of savings account at the start of 
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2010 for the course USH 101 taught by Professor Saks during the Spring '10 term at University of Miami.

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