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Most families during the Great Depression did some time of farming work, but my family collected peaches. We didn't get paid much, but we tried to do whatever we could to survive. I can't say it was easy, but not everything in life is supposed to be easy. It was definitely unfair most times though.


This is a primary source picture showing how there were soup kitchens during the Great Depression in the 1930s. Soup Kitchens were places where meals were given out to the poor for free because people could not afford to pay for food due to the stock market crash, homelessness, and unemployment. Soup Kitchens helped feed people through the Great Depression and helped them to survive. This is credible because it was known to be a common thing to go to the Soup Kitchen for a meal in the 1930s.

from The Survival Mom

65 Pieces of Survival Wisdom From the Great Depression - Survival Mom

I spent some time earlier this year researching the Great Depression years and was most interested in even the smallest life lessons to be gained from those “worst hard times.” Here are 65 of them.


Eyes of the Great Depression: Twelve year old son of a cotton sharecropper near Cleveland, Mississippi. 1937 June. photographer: Dorothea Lange