What could be an appropriate, yet funny, slogan pertaining to the Great Depression.What could be an appropriate, yet funny, slogan pertaining to the Great Depression.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not sure this can be done without devaluing the experience of it.  I mean, in all honesty, when one reads the stories of how people endured true destitution and poverty in the Great Depression, it is fairly horrific.  The idea of being "last hired, first fired," or 500 people lining up in freezing cold weather for 3 jobs, or the families that were broken as a result of the financial hardship are all really bleak.  When one hears of how men had to leave their families out of the shame of being unemployed and unable to provide for them, I am not sure one can come up with a funny slogan for such a condition.  If you were to do this, I could only caution you to really be careful so as to not bring light to the fact that most regular people, individuals without much in way of name or landed privilege, ended up doing most of the living and dying during this time period.  I would construct a slogan that would be indicative of the pain of the time.  For example, "Hard Times- Not just a book," would be something of this nature.

dbello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While I agree with the previous post with regard to the tragic circumstances that prevailed during the Great Depression, a funny slogan pertaining to the Great Depression comes from the depression era itself. The film Gold Diggers 1933 included a song titled We're In The Money, something that most Americans did not have, but the song became extremely popular once the film opened.  During the depression films that entertained people by glitz and glamour are regarded as 'escapist films'. These types of films simply offered a break from the day to day turmoil that many Americans were experiencing, allowing them a few hours of great clothing, exciting night life, a few hours away from their realities.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I guess this really depends on what aspect of the Great Depression you are supposed to be addressing.  Why it happened?  What happened?  Efforts to end it?  And from whose point of view?

You could say something like

"The Great Depression: more chances to sell apples on street corners" because Pres. Hoover said that people had chosen to do that instead of working.


"FDR: Stalin with an upper-class accent" if you were a conservative who thought that the New Deal was a communist-type program.


"Who needs prosperity when you can have laissez-faire capitalism" -- this would reflect the idea that the conservative policies of the 1920s had caused the Depression.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We understand.  Thanks for explaining, though.

When I think of the Great Depression, I always think of my 92-year-old grandmother who, of course, experienced it first-hand.  Because of that upbringing, she saves everything:  used baggies; napkins, little butter and jelly containers, sugar packets, and straws; used wrapping and waxed paper...and more.  She uses a kleenex until it's just bits of tissue falling apart in her hands.  For that reason,  I'd say this one:  I lived through the Great Depression: If I've got it, I'm keepin'  it.

martinjmurphy eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a difficult assignment because you are asked to make humorous something that is really tragic.  The one aspect of the Great Depression was the high unemployment rate. The unemployment rate during the Great Depression was at least 25% and some think as high as 33%.  Trying to make this funny is difficult.  But, perhaps to put a positive spin on unemployment, you may want think what people enjoy, and that is the weekend.  So an appropriate, yet humorous slogan might be, "To the unemployed, everyday is Saturday".  Just a thought. 

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree, it's difficult to make anything funny about the Great Depression, so great was peoples' suffering.  But I assume this is an assignment of some sort given by your teacher, so there is a way to do it respectfully, but with humor. A few attempts on my part:

"The Great Depression - The Worst Time You Wish You Never Had"

"The Great Depression - Absolutely nothing 'great' about it"

"The Great Depression - May your grandkids never have it this bad"

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The Great Depression is in and of itself kind of a funny term. You can think of it as an oxymoron. In the context, great means big. The irony is that in its other context it means good. Perhaps you can play on this. For example: The Great Depression: What's so great about it?
cheeto | Student

I did not want my question to sound as if I found the great depression something to laugh about.All I was looking for was something that would look good on a shirt.I apologize if it offended anybody in anyway.