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What was the emotional impact of the Great Depression on America?

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fatimar98 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM via web

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What was the emotional impact of the Great Depression on America?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 9, 2012 at 11:10 PM (Answer #1)

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The emotional impact of the Great Depression on Americans was tremendous.  It was a time when Americans did not know if they were going to sink into dire poverty.  It was a time when some Americans did not know how they were ever going to be able to be prosperous again.  This made it a time of terrible uncertainty and strain for many Americans.  We can see this from the impact that it had on people's family lives.  Fewer people got married during the Depression and fewer children were born.  This alone is telling testimony that reveals how uncertain and insecure Americans felt during this time.

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