In the paper “African-American History” the author analyzes a great economic crisis, which hit America on 29th October, 1929. It is also known as the Black Tuesday which led to collapse of the American stock market, and from there began a ruthless story of suffering, and bringing the Great Depression…
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The Great Depression had its severe impacts on all walks of life. The most targeted in this crisis were the African Americans, as we find in the following the precarious situation they were in: “By 1933, African Americans found it all but impossible to find jobs of any kind in agriculture or industry. As cotton prices dropped from eighteen cents per pound on the eve of the Depression to less than six cents per pound in 1933, some 12,000 black sharecroppers lost their precarious footing in southern agriculture and moved increasingly toward southern, northern, and western cities”. The mechanical cotton pickers were brought in, and this led to the displacement of the black farm workers. The article then tells us an interesting fact that the number of blacks living in the urban areas increased from 44 percent in 1930 to almost 50 percent by the time the World War II began.The blacks began to look for jobs in an increasing manner, that too in the cities. There were great problems which the urban blacks faced. The unemployment the blacks faced almost amounted to 50 percent and it was quite alarming if we take into account the rate was almost twice that of the white people.There was migration on a large scale during the period between 1910 and 1920s. “ it occurred on account of large number of unskilled factory job openings as northern manufactures boosted production for World War I”. There is also a stress on the fact that the migration was slightly less during the Great Depression Period.
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