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How did the Great Depression impact American race relations, women, feminism, and...

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goody2shoes | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 26, 2013 at 10:55 PM via web

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How did the Great Depression impact American race relations, women, feminism, and family structure and behavior?

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jraineharrison | College Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted July 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM (Answer #1)

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The Great Depression had a tremendous impact on the sociocultural environment in America.  Previous roles in society were changed because of the economic issues the country faced. 

Race relations were changed because of the change of the workforce.  Particular races were not the only ones vying for migrant worker or farming jobs.  Out of work men all over the country were competing for whatever job they could get.  

The role of women as potential wage earners also increased during the Great Depression.  Even prior to WWII, women were attempting to earn wages to support their families.  This helped promote women as more than caregivers and homemakers.  

Because of lack of money, many families had to do more with less.  Many people were malnourished, and children stayed home because they could not afford to go to school. 

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