Canadian History Essay: the Great Depression

Topics: Ku Klux Klan, Great Depression, Unemployment Pages: 3 (976 words) Published: April 23, 2012
The Great Depression:
During the 1930’s, people were affected by the Depression --- a period of time when business is slow and when unemployment and poverty are high. The Depression affected many people --- they lost job, they lost all or almost of their properties, but the most affected by this were; immigrants (Black, Jewish, and Women,) men that have no work, and the prairie farmers.

Immigrants like Jewish, Blacks and other backgrounds coming to other countries were being discriminated when they came to Canada because of the Ku Klux Klan --- it is a secret terrorist organization that originated in the Southern States during the reconstruction following the Civil War (Online Posting.) This affects Canada because it showed how intolerant they were in bad economic times. They were being discriminated in many ways; Jewish hadn’t been hired on many industries, were not welcome in some professions, could not buy property in some areas neither could join certain clubs and organizations, and if they found jobs, it is only because they had to hide that they were Jewish. Also, it affected immigration and not only that, more people left Canada in the 30’s than entering the country. This happened because Canada’s immigration policy was already restrictive in the 1920’s; especially the ones that the KKK wanted to get rid of (Jewish, Black, Chinese, and Japanese.) The cabinet also ordered to ban all non-farmer immigrants except those from Britain and the United States. Men that have no work during the Depression were the one of the most affected. Although men were treated better than women because they were head of the family, many of the Evangelista 2

unemployed men became hoboes --- persons who travel on foot begging and doing odd jobs while they lived in hobo jungle or also called shanty towns. These men took to “riding rods,” they attached themselves on cars travelling across the...

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About Homelessness During the Great Depression. Online posting. 12 November 2010
The Great Depression and its impact on Canada. Online posting. October 11, 2005. November 12 2010.
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