The uncommon struggle of all men -The Great Depression

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The American Heritage-History of the 20's and 30's, Editor in Charge-Ralph K. Andrist, 1970, American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., New York, NY.

Hard Times-An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel, 1970, H. Wolff, New York, 1st Printing.

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, 1936, The Viking Press, Inc.

Webster's Intermediate Dictionary, 1977 by Merriam-Webster, Inc., Springfield, Massachusetts.


'I've been doin' some hard travelin', I thought you'd knowd. I've been doin' some hard ramblin', way down the road. . .I've been layin' in a hard rock jail. . .I've been laid out ninety days, way down the road. The darned old judge, he said to me, it's ninety days for vagrancy, and I've been doin' some hard travelin', Lord.'

This was the tune or the song of almost everyone during the Great American Depression. People faced struggles everywhere they turned.

Webster's Intermediate Dictionary defines struggle as: 'to make great efforts or attempts; strive; labor'. The Depression brought on many fears and no comprehension. With the Depression came hunger, joblessness and many other things. On a day-to-day basis, the farmers, workers an every other common person had to wake up each morning with the question: 'How am I going to feed my family today?'. If you had a job, or could find one, you were very lucky and grateful.

My grandfather was the 11th of 12 children in his family and they moved from Bridgeport, OK to 'the city' of Edmond after the Depression hit and he took any job he could find to help out with the monthly income and payments. Many people did not cope with the dust bowl or the Depression very well. The younger generation had to change its way of thinking. They also had...