IMPACT ON JOBS AND AMERICA
"In spite of widespread hardship, Herbert Hoover maintained that federal relief was not necessary. Farm prices dropped to record lows and bitter farmers tried to ward off foreclosers with pitchforks. By the dawn of the next decade, 4,340,000 Americans were out of work. More than eight million were on the street a year later. Laid-off workers agitated for drastic government remedies. More than 32,000 other businesses went bankrupt and at least 5,000 banks failed. Wretched men, including veterans, looked for work, hawked apples on sidewalks, dined in soup kitchens, passed the time in shantytowns dubbed "Hoovervilles," and some moved between them in railroad boxcars. It was a desperate time for families, starvation stalked the land, and a great drought ruined numerous farms, forcing mass migration."
The Great Depression had many impacts on thousands of human's lives. The most common known was impact was Homelessness. Many people became homeless because they lost their jobs and could not pay their rent. Typically, most homeless did anything to keep a roof over their head, including making shacks out of anything they could salvage. The more people that were homeless, they more competitive the job market became. Discrimination increased a drastic amount during this time, because Americans were in competition for a shrinking amount of jobs. The ones that suffered the most were minorities (African Americans, Hispanics, and in the West, Asian Americans). The white workers demanding the low paying job that were normally filled with these minorities.