Answer to Question #184428 in History for Unknown

Question #184428

How did the Great Depression impact Americans of different races? What else was happening at the time in America that might have contributed to the Great Depression having a different impact on different races of Americans?

  • explain how African Americans and white Americans experienced the Great Depression differently

Writing requires simple words (not high-level words) and Thank you very much!

Expert's answer

Great depression hit different races in America at different rates with African Americans being hit hardest. Many African Americans lost jobs and even whites recalled for the ones employed to be fired to be replaced with the whites who had lost jobs. Racial violence become evident with 28 hanged without trial in 1933.

White Americans suffered loss of the white collar jobs which most of them felt entitled and had to shift to factory workers which they were not familiar as they were meant for African Americans. Occupying the largest population and the rich, their farms went drought and could not pay for their mortgages and thus they had to lose the farms to foreclosure. They sought for charitable efforts but with limited government relief efforts, private charities tried to help, but they were unable to match the pace of demand. 

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