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Always Lend a Helping Hand, Sevier Country Remembers the Great Depression


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Essays, Student Responses, and Advice from the Interviewees

Migration: The Theme of the Great Depression
by Richfield High School English teacher Judy Busk
People moved: to find jobs, sometimes to find food, and then they moved again, and sometimes again. Some returned home to live with relatives when the search for work ended with disappointment. (more...)
A Hard Time
by Richfield High School student Lisa Nielsen
"Utah was among the hardest hit by the Great Depression of the 1930's. In 1933 Utah's unemployment rate was 35.8 percent, the fourth highest in the nation, and for the whole decade it averaged 26 percent". Thirty-two out of 105 Utah banks had failed as of 1933, and 32 percent of Utahns acquired a portion of their essentials from the government. (more...)
Frugality: Legacy of The Great Depression
by Richfield High School English teacher Judy Busk
Memories of The Great Depression linger in my memory, not because I lived those years, but because the experiences of that time were so indelibly stamped on my mother's mind; as a result, her words and actions inevitably influenced me. (more...)
Student Responses
Reflections from the students involved in this project
This project gave me the opportunity to do something I've never done before. I also was able to learn about the Depression from someone who had actually been through it. It gave me a new perspective. It gave me the chance to get to know someone from our community. (more...)
Surviving the Depression
Advice from the Interviewees
I think the one thing you should do is to look ahead. Don't wait until your last penny is gone before you say oh no we're out of coal or wood. Save your money for a rainy day, don't spent it foolishly, buy what you need, save the rest. That's what got me by without too much trouble during the Great Depression. (more...)


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