A Look Back on the Great Depression of 1936 The Great Depression was a time of tremendous poverty and depravation. It put many hard-working men and women out of their jobs and sources of income. It left many wholesome, decent, families out on the street, homeless; their pride and dignity stripped of them. Many people would be left to starve, without money to buy food or pay for shelter. Some people even turned against their own friends so that they could support their families. Many became oblivious to the needs of others and thought only of how they themselves could benefit. As the days went by, the number of people with illness and disease increased, and with little money for food or medicine to treat their needs, they had to suffer or die because they could not afford the treatment necessary for them to get better. Because of the Great Depression, the cost of many items went up to an extreme amount if money, thus, even more people could not afford simple everyday things. Though there were many factors that helped cause the Great Depression, the main cause of it was the huge stock market crash that occurred in 1929. Many people lost a lot of money when the market crashed. Herbert Clark Hoover was president at that time and many people blamed him, and were very upset about his decisions involving the economy. They dealt with their anger by not reelecting Hoover, but instead, electing Franklin Delano Roosevelt for president the next time around. He was the one who helped get the economy back in shape by creating a program called the "Big Deal." The Big Deal was a government funded program that gave jobs to the jobless, and homes to the homeless. In return for getting the economy back in shape, FDR was elected again for another term and yet another four years.