In 1929, a major stock crash affected the lives of many people. Ways of doing things were changed as people bended their lives to fit to the different lifestyle that was created. In The Great Depression the nation was poor and unhappy. The issues of this time are shown through the poems The Great Depression by Adam Sears and The Great Depression by Gleb Zavlanov.
In 1933, it was documented that “25 percent of all workers and 37 percent of all nonfarm workers were completely out of work. Some people starved; many others lost their farms and homes” (Smiley). More people had no money coming in and they were increasingly poor. As stated in the article Social and Cultural Effects of the Depression “Suicide rates rose, as did reports of malnutrition”. People were more willing to kill themselves because they couldn’t handle life that horrible. Those people didn’t have jobs so they couldn’t buy food.
In the poem The Great Depression by Adam Sears, it says “people were trading and selling their things”. This meaning that people had to make money and use their resources. There was not extra money to go out and participate in activities. They had to spend the little money that they had on the necessary things in life like food. The poem also was written about how hard it was on the people, for example it says “Souls did suffer in the heat, cold, and rain”. It meant that life in the Great Depression was a constant struggle. Those people were in a depression, and not a lot of happiness could be found throughout the daily life. People were giving up a lot of what they had just so that they could survive.
In the other poem, The Great Depression by Gleb Zavlanov, the author wrote “they had none to live or eat… The market fell, each core was broke land teemed with dearth e’ermore”. In this time period there was a shortage of many things and money and food were two of those things. The stock market crash caused many people to be broke, searching for money. The money and happiness were both decreasing at this time. The poem also states “Shattered was each heart, in need each broken and dimed soul” People in this time were breaking under pressure, the huge pressure of a poor life with no money to support their families and themselves.
In the poems The Great Depression by Adam Sears and The Great Depression by Gleb Zavlanov, the issues of The Great Depression, for example poor and unhappy people, are shown through the text. The major stock failure had a huge impact on life in many different aspects. It was a terrible time but it is also a time to learn from the mistakes that were made to get to the low point of that time. History should always be a time to look back on what happened and to learn so that never happens again. Hopefully the world does not get into that deep of a depression again.