Myrdal, Gunnar, et.al. 1944. An American Dilemma; The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy. New York: Harper.
African Americans treated worse during the Great Depression. African Americans were already being treated horribly before the depression and during the depression their life's only got harder. Since almost everyone lost their jobs and the jobs that were available were often times were given to white men life's for black people were In the letter to F.D.R it states how it's harder to get jobs because they are black and how the all available jobs are going to white people. The letter states, "white peoples doing there own work and there fore that knocks the colored out of work"(Anonymous). The writer is telling the president how hard it is for a black man to get a job in the Great Depression. Even though black people were treated poorly before
President Herbert Hoover tried to use governmental power to check the economic downfall but did so without success. Critics of Hoover claimed that his policies were too conservative and lacked imagination. His defenders maintained that, regardless of the president's efforts, the depression just had to run its course. But millions of Americans could not afford to wait for the economic system to correct itself. The depression had caused not only financial disaster but also and perhaps the most important, a loss of personal pride, status and sense of self-respect. Many Americans demanded prompt and immediate action. As a result all indications pointed to a sweeping Democratic victory in the 1932 presidential election.
The United States of America wasn’t in its all time great during this time of the twentieth century, for the Great Depression was fairly new. The two candidates, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt had much convincing to do, to show the American people that they were capable of being the President of the United States of America during this very difficult time. The challenges that Roosevelt and Hoover faced during their presidential campaign in 1932, the beginning of the Great Depression, were economic issues and the drastic change in socioeconomic status.
The Great Depression was the most severe recession in American History. When the stock market crashed in September of 1929, the impact was worldwide. Banks had no insurance on the money that people had deposited so everyone lost their money. Although The Great Depression had an impact on people worldwide, African Americans were affected the most. When the stock market crashed in 1929, slavery had just ended a few generations prior. Blacks were no strangers to racism, yet America seemed to had turned a blind eye to the prejudice against them. The downfall of the economy played a key role in shining a light on the many injustices committed against African Americans. The Great Depression affected African Americans in a way that they were able
Rudolph, Alexander Jr. Racism, African Americans and Social Justice. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005. 71. Print.
Have you ever read the Marigolds? It’s a book about the great depression of the 1930s. Millions of Americans experienced poverty due to widespread unemployment. The African Americans were particular affected by weak economy.
During the great depression, there were many issues with judgement between black and whites. Whites thought that because blacks had different skin color they were below standards. But that is not the only reason. Whites also thought that since blacks were a different religion or even talked different than them, that the blacks were lower than the whites. I personally think that is rather dumb and unfair. I don’t understand why it matters what skin color you are.
Hoover, Herbert. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 10 7 1933. 9 12 2013 .