Bonnie and Clyde
Beginning in America on October 29 of 1929 was the Great Depression, which was an event that shook the lives of the people of the 1900’s era and further more engraved itself in American history. The Great Depression was a period in America that occurred after the stock market crashed, destroying the order in Wall Street and wiping out millions of investors. In the following years consumer spending and investment dropped causing major declines in industrial output and rising levels of unemployment as failing companies laid off workers. By 1933, some close to fifteen million Americans were unemployed and nearly half of the country's banks had failed. This was a great issue because many people were unable to feed their families for there were no way on how to. This desperate need for survival panicked the whole nation. However, people sought of other ways to make it through this event. Born on March 24, 1909 to farmers Henry and Cummie Barrow, was Clyde Barrow. Being frequently sent to live with other relatives, and moving to West Dallas at twelve to a very rough neighborhood was a bad combination for the young Clyde. Clyde along with his older brother were often in trouble with the law for stealing things like turkeys and cars. A year after Clyde’s birth was the birth of the infamous partner in crime. Born in 1910 on October 1st was Bonnie Parker. Following the unexpected death of her father in 1914 the family moved to Cement City, Texas. Bonnie excelled in school and occasionally wrote poetry. However bored with her average life, she dropped out of school at sixteen. Years later Bonnie and Clyde met at a mutual friend's house and from then on had a strong loving connection. Clyde did some jail time for past crimes but later got out in 1932. Sadly Clyde was released during the Great Depression and went on to lead a life of crime as a way to survive along with his accomplice Bonnie. The first crime they committed was the robber of a Hardware store in 1932. The need for money to survive, and a extremely high unemployment rate, crime was their only option. Bonnie stayed in the car during this robbery situation, however she was still an accomplice and was caught and put in jail. She was released for lack of evidence the next following days. I agree with this punishment because putting a accomplice of a robbery is a smart decision, however since there is lack of evidence they have overall done nothing wrong. Bonnie and Clyde thus went on to stage various robberies here and there but was killed by 4 Texas officers on May 23, 1934.
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