What consequences did the Great Depression have for ordinary Americans and how did the Hoover administration attempt to deal with the crisis?

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Some very reputable economists insist that government meddeling in the economy, first by the Hoover administration, then by the Roosevelt administration, is the reason the Great Depression lasted years longer than any previous depression.  See link below.

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Nearly everyone suffered to one extent or another in the Great Depression.  25% unemployment rates did not include women in their figures, or retirees who had lost their life savings due to bank closures.

Marriage, divorce and child birth were all on the decline as most couldn't afford the financial change in status.  Young men were essentially kicked out of their homes to go find work elsewhere; the family couldn't afford to feed them and there weren't jobs available where they lived.  Many became hoboes riding the rails in hopes of finding a job in another town.

Hoover's RFC was an attempt to "prime the pump", also referred to as "trickle-down economics".  If you can keep the big industries in business, they will need employees to work who will spend their paychecks on the products being manufactured.  As the previous post stated, for Hoover it was simply too little too late.

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Of course, the Great Depression was seriously bad for the lives of many Americans.  They lost their jobs and often lost their homes.  Many of them had to go live in "Hoovervilles" or try to travel to some other place in search of work (like Okies to California).

The Hoover administration did more than any previous administration to try to deal with the crisis.  Hoover tried to improve things by creating more jobs with projects like the Boulder Dam project.  He also set up the RFC to try to loan money to big companies so they would hire more people.  He also tried to persuade people to do more charitable work to help those in need.

The problem was that the Depression was way worse than he thought and so this stuff was not enough.

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