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Unfortunate Farmers in the Great Plains during the 1930's

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The young, recently married farmers living in the Great Plains during the 1930s had a terrible life. First off, being married meant having multiple people to provide for. This is more responsibility, and leads to dividing up the food between family members. Then, the country was also in an economic downturn, so the price of food and crops were low. Farmers already had debt because of new machines and land that was purchased during World War I to keep up with the demand during the war. Then the depression caused banks to fail, so farmers lost all their money that was in the bank. Everyday life was treacherous, and there were few amenities in the home, with no plumbing or electricity. Life was awful for a farmer during the Great Depression.
In the late 1920s, numerous banks failed around the nation. This meant that any money families had in the bank, was just lost; all life savings down the drain. Therefore, families had to start saving all over again, during a time when money was scarce in the first place.
During the 1930s, the country was in a state of economic depression. Some Americans lost their jobs, while others received a pay cut. There was a low amount of cash circulating the system, and most items were bought on credit. Because families were low on money, they could only buy the bare necessities. They had to spend their money wisely. Since only a minimum amount of food was bought, the supply of crops exceeded the demand. This caused the prices for farmers selling crops to decline. Therefore, the cost of production was more than the profit of selling the crops, making it extremely difficult for farmers to survive.
Then, to make matters worse, in the mid-30s the environment and weather were not ideal for f...

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...mes death. And again, being in a rural area, healthcare was not close by in an emergency. Most of the time families were on their own, except for the few other farms nearby, if there were any, but they usually only had access to the same things.
Overall, life as a married farmer in the 1930s was not a time anyone would chose to relive. They were low on money, as most were during the Great Depression, and did not have access to much technology in their home. Everyday life required long hours of hard manual labor and no luxuries of electricity or plumbing. They were segregated from the populous city, and contact was limited because of lack of roads and technology. Although the 1930s were a tough time for most, farmers had it rough because not only could they not make a profit, they lacked technology, and were isolated and secluded from the rest of the country.
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