History 3150 - Dr. Michael Gagnon

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    How the Great Depression affected the farmers and share croppers of Gwinnett County
    (Georgia Gwinnett College, 2013) Harris, Justin
    This paper studies the rates of farm ownership and economic growth of both African American and Caucasian farmers/sharecroppers living in Gwinnett County both before and after the Great Depression. Some of the factors in the declining rates of farms include war, economic turmoil, and changing agricultural policies. Sharecroppers, mostly African American farmers, were hit particularly hard by shifting farming fortunes, being forced into a life of debt by the biased farming system. African Americans experienced devastating conditions during the Great Depression, unable to find work as most of the jobs normally reserved for them were quickly being occupied by Caucasians. As the nation shifted from an agricultural to an industrial society after the changes caused by the Great Depression and World War II, farming in the south was no longer beneficial for African Americans or Caucasians.
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    Buford, Georgia the “Depression Proof” City
    (Georgia Gwinnett College, 2011) Valiani, Laura
    The Great Depression was devastating for most of America but the city of Buford, Georgia was able to thrive in the face of hardship. Some of the factors which played into making Buford “depression proof”, while other areas where failing, were smart business practice, plenty of money, and a sense of community. The Allen Family Industries were the main contributor to the growth of the city, their leather works help to give Buford the nickname of “The Leather City”. The balance of strong business practices and community support created a thriving Buford, even at the height of the Great Depression.