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Poetry and Literature of the Great Depression

The Causes of the 1929 Stock Market Crash by Harold Bierman (published in 1998)

This books gives you information on why the the Stock Market Crash of 1929 happened. It talks from different view points of different people and how they saw the Great Depression as. It also gives charts and graphs to show how greatly the economy was inpacted. It also discusses the problems with the stock market that might've caused the crash.

You can find this on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and many other places like Books-A-Million. Because it was written in 1998 and it is not too much in circulation now, this books costs $110.95 from both Amazon (link to Amazon) and Barnes and Noble (link to Barnes and Noble). There is only one review on it off of Amazon and it isnt very good, but through skimming through the pages on the Google Books site, this book seems very informative if your looking for information on the Great Depression.

 

  The Global Impact of the Great Depression 1929-1939 by Dietmar Rothermund (published in 1996)

This book is helpful because it shows how the Great Depression in America affected the rest of the world. It shows how the crash happened, as well as the international gold standard, the problems with the wars and debts that people were left to pay during the Depression, and the production of agriculture produces. It also discusses how the depression happened, how the depression traveled to Europe and how it affected Europe, the way it affected moderninizing countries like Turkey and Egypt, the way it affect Australia, Latin America, Asia, what would happen to Africa, the depression to war, and after it was all over, what happened.

On Amazon.com, you can get the book for $39.95 for an old paperback version which looks like the one shown over there-->  Click here for a link to Amazon. Or you can get it at Barnes & Noble for $37.45 if bought online and $39.95 at a store. However, this copy is not like the one shown. It is most likely the re-printed version. Click here for a link to B&N website.

 

 The Great Crash 1929 by James K. Galbriath (published in 2009)

This book is nice because it provides details of what the real life person thought they should have done to help prevent the Great Depression, what the author thought about it, the crash, and what happened afterward. It discusses what the public thought about it, such as who they should actually trust and who they cant, how things grew worse as the depression lengthened, and then the consequences of it all. 

This book can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Borders. On Amazon for $10.17 without any reviews or information (link). You can get it at Barnes & Nobles for $11.17 with many reviews saying that this is a pretty decent book and you should definitely try reading it if your interested in the Great Depression. Click here for the link. 


 

Links to the Books (on Google Books):

Pantuom of the Great Depression by Donald Justice

Our lives avoided tragedy
Simply by going on and on,
Without end and with little apparent meaning.
Oh, there were storms and small catastrophes.

Simply by going on and on
We managed. No need for the heroic.
Oh, there were storms and small catastrophes.
I don't remember all the particulars.

We managed. No need for the heroic.
There were the usual celebrations, the usual sorrows.
I don't remember all the particulars.
Across the fence, the neighbors were our chorus.

There were the usual celebrations, the usual sorrows
Thank god no one said anything in verse.
The neighbors were our only chorus,
And if we suffered we kept quiet about it.

At no time did anyone say anything in verse.
It was the ordinary pities and fears consumed us,
And if we suffered we kept quiet about it.
No audience would ever know our story.

It was the ordinary pities and fears consumed us.
We gathered on porches; the moon rose; we were poor.
What audience would ever know our story?
Beyond our windows shone the actual world.

We gathered on porches; the moon rose; we were poor.
And time went by, drawn by slow horses.
Somewhere beyond our windows shone the actual world.
The Great Depression had entered our souls like fog.

And time went by, drawn by slow horses.
We did not ourselves know what the end was.
The Great Depression had entered our souls like fog.
We had our flaws, perhaps a few private virtues.

But we did not ourselves know what the end was.
People like us simply go on.
We had our flaws, perhaps a few private virtues,
But it is by blind chance only that we escape tragedy.

And there is no plot in that; it is devoid of people.

In this poem, the poet describes how their lives were like before the Great Depression struck. It described less like an enless cycle, going on and on, without any meaning whatsoever. It states that they managed, but really nothing worth remembering. Then soon, something happened. They were consumed with fear. Everyone slowly grew silent. And they were scared. It took a while before they realized that they were in a depression. They had no idea what was going to happen, but life moved and rambled on, all people wanting was to escape.

Justice, Donald. "Pantoum of the Great Depression." PoemHunter. PoemHunter.com, n.d. Web. 21 Dec. 2010.

The Great Depression by Adam Sears

Deep sorrow filled the americans heart
Everyone had to do their part
People were trading and selling their things
Raving about what life would bring
Even the little ones felt the pain
Souls did suffer in heat, cold, and rain
Sad to say theat the days filled with grief
In hopes that the Depression sooned would cease
On Sunday was a day of rest, everyone would gather and thank God they
   were blessed
Not in ways that we might think, but in everyday living that life did bring

In this poem, it talks about the way the Depression impacted American life. Even though it greatly depressed many people in America, everyone contributed to the effort. They sold and traded valuable items just to keep their family alive, but they kept looking forward in life, ready for whatever they were given. Although everyone was in pain, and as much as they hoped that it would one day end and everything would be better, that wasn't reality. But they prayed, and they thanked God for what they were given, but from learning to live with nothing, it is a great gift you are given.

Sears, Adam. "The Great Depression." Poems of the Great Depression. Individual Authors of Poetry, 2000. Web. 22 Dec. 2010.




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