by: Tyler Creighton, James Prell
by: Tyler Creighton, James Prell
Welcome to this week’s installment of This Philadelphian Life. I’m your host, Max Amar-Olkus. This week we look into the life of a man that would do anything just to make sure his family wasn’t poor. As soon as he’d see the economy change he knew it was time for him to make a change too. Jerry Olkus made it through life by taking risks. Big risks.
In this project I learned a lot about my grandfather. He would always tell me these stories as a child but I would never really listen. Now that I’m more grown up and (arguably) more mature, I’m able to take a lot away from his stories. He puts effort into everything he does and many people have trouble doing this. I personally have problems with effort but this conversation has made me realize that I have to make a change. I learned that if I want to succeed in life it won’t just come to me. I have to actually be proactive and try my best in school and everything else in life.
This source is from the second part of a series called War, Depression, and War, 1914-1945. The source begins with an explanation of why the Great Depression began. They focus on the banks and the stock market aspect of the crash. Then the article goes on to talk about how other people view the Great Depression and what caused it. Then the article talks about how the government responded to the crisis. Then the author really dives into the New Deals and what they were and what caused them.
This is a very useful source. I find it useful because of first they way it is set up. The article is broken up with titles over each section describing what is inside of each. The article also provides an analysis of the Great Depression and of how people saw it and their opinions on what happened. There was one problem though, the article does seem a little bias in my opinion he mentions a lot of views but they all seem to be leaning towards the same thing.
This source is very helpful and was a huge contributor to my knowledge of the great recession. The source is an interview given by a host on NPR and the interviewee was a specialist on America’s economy he also studies other country’s economies and compares them. I found the interviewee to be a wonderful source because he studies economies for a living and can give major insight on how we were affected with international economic knowledge.
The article speaks about why the Great Recession is still affecting America today and exactly how the Great Recession still affects us today. The interview gave the most insight into unemployment and how a lot of Americans are still unemployed even four years later. This was possibly the most devastating aspect of the Great Recession. We not only still have a suffering unemployment rate but it’s getting worse. Another aspect that I enjoyed and that was very helpful about the interview was that he also made predictions of what would happen in the future. Based on his knowledge of the European economy and our current economy he made predictions of what our economy will look like in the years going forward.
Harold Sims, CCC Cadet, and his portrait of FDR. 1933. http://newdeal.feri.org/attic/004.htmWeb. 26 Feb 2013. <http://newdeal.feri.org/attic/004.htm>.
This photograph was taken in 1933. It shows a man named harold sims who was a corporal of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He is holding a portrait he painted of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He is standing in front of some sort of fence.
This source supports my argument that the public were in favor of roosevelt’s new deal. The man is holding a picture of roosevelt he painted. The picture does not cast any sort of negative light on the president. It shows his face looking at the viewer in a friendly determined manner. His eyes are facing forward, indicating honesty. And he has the words “A NEW DEAL” across the bottom on a clean looking banner. The fact that he took the time to paint this shows that he was very appreciative of the Presidents plan to save the economy.
This source is helpful because it shows someone involved in one of the New Deal programs showing support for it. It helps prove that that this was not a begrudging task set upon the people. It was a collaboration between the government and the people.
Roosevelt, Franklin. "The New Deal." 2 Jul 1932. Address.
This is the transcript of a speech given by Franklin Roosevelt (FDR). It describes his plan to help save the American economy. In the speech: he talks about his faith in our people, what we need to do as a country to turn the economy around and how he would implement this plan.
This speech helps to show what he intended to do as president and what his attitude toward the roll was. He talks about watching out for the needs of the whole country as opposed to a chosen few. Which is the belief held by our current president. In the speech he also talks about what still needs to be done instead of dwelling on the past.
I plan to contrast FDR’s speech to one made by obama, and contrast their similarities and differences. I think I will do this by chopping up audio from each of their speeches and making a new one.
Living within an economic crisis, leaves people with a lot to endure. The consequences are awful, as both the Great Depression and the Great Recession caused a crash in the stock market. Many Jobs were laid off as a result, particularly the primary and successful companies within the US. The economy was not only affected within the US but also globally. Without economic improvement, the US would simply not have been strong enough in the world. The poverty needed to be reduced, higher education needed to be pursued and health care needed improvement as well. Reflection of the past is greatly vital especially now that the economy is better off than it was when Roosevelt and Hoover were in the picture. President Barack Obama is now in their footsteps and his outlook seems to be quite similar to Roosevelt’s. The Great recession only occurred because attempts of help failed, regarding the Great Depression. This suggests that mistakes are being repeated to cause another economic crisis after the Great Depression; the Great Recession.
The history within the struggle that people lived through, is represented in this comic to enlighten people who may be younger than a teenager. The depths within the history of the United States are shown in this comic. World War I was greatly responsible for all of the occurrences that are displayed figuratively and literally.
In the introduction page, there are two boxes; one representing the Great Depression and another representing the Great Recession. There are also two clouds representing the two presidents. The sole reason why Roosevelt and Hoover are two clouds is because both are from the past, intended to look eerie and cloudy since they are no longer current. The comic is set up so that one can differentiate between each cloud and box because one will always be greater than the other. For instance, The Great Depression was greater than the Great Recession, therefore it is a rectangle withholding greater volume than the Great Recession’s cartoon representative. Furthermore, as Hoover was greater in size than Roosevelt, one can assume that their ghosts would reflect this size difference. That is how the two cloud cartoons are set up to be differentiated. Overall, this cartoon is meant to entertain and inform a young audience about all the factors that play into the Great Depression and the Great recession.