Great Depression

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Could You Stomach These Great Depression Meals?

With all the talk about food storage and growing our own food, I did a little digging around to find out what some people ate during America’s Great Depression of the 1930’s.  What were the most popular Great Depression meals of that era? Surprisingly, a few of these were made by my mother and grandmother, traditions, I’m sure, from those frugal years. Cookbooks like this one, document many of these meals. I still have a soft spot in my heart for …

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19 Ways People Stayed Healthy During the Great Depression

The Great Depression years were no picnic. My grandmother lived through that era as a child and much of her mindset in later years was due to a childhood spent in near poverty. However, she always had a great attitude toward life and knew a thing or two about Great Depression home remedies. During the Great Depression, most families had to make do, not just with their clothing and belongings, but also with healthcare. Many grew up on farms and small …

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What Can The Greatest Generation Teach Millennials?

Sometimes when I’m browsing through social media posts, I feel like I live in a different world than many of my fellow citizens, especially those a good deal younger. There is no denying we live in a world of contrasting opinions and worldviews. Modern technology has made it more convenient than ever to display our unique perspectives and even easier to ignore hearing those of other people. The Millennial Generation, ages 18-35, are master manipulators of the social media world. But …

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11 Survival Lessons We Can Learn From Old-Timers

For the last 20 years I have been working on my genealogy. The research is fascinating to me. Old certificates and wills captivate me and the search for my ancestors is like a treasure hunt. One part of genealogy that I have found most valuable are their personal journals. Their stories of survival and endurance have always left me in awe and reminded me that I have life pretty easy. I have done my best to apply their wisdom to my …

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65 Pieces of Survival Wisdom From the Great Depression

It was the best of times, it was the very worst of times. America’s Great Depression of the 1930s was a time of starvation and subsistence survival for many families. Decades later, many survivors of those years hold on to the survival lessons they learned, from hoarding pieces of aluminum foil to eating lettuce leaves with a sprinkle of sugar. Frugality meant survival. Today, most of us aren’t living quite the same bare-bones lifestyle of the Great Depression, and photos …

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Do You Have the Skills to Survive a Depression?

Answer yes or no to the following questions: Easy skills level:  Do you know how to sew on a button? Do you know how to use an oil lamp? Do you know how to boil an egg? Do you know how to ride a bike? Do you know how to keep houseplants alive? If you answered yes to all 5 move on to the next level. Medium skills level: Do you know how to cut up a whole chicken? Do …

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25 Ways People Earned Money During the Great Depression

In a previous career, I was a history teacher, and I’ve always loved learning about the past and gleaning whatever wisdom I can from the words and actions of others. A couple of years ago I found an excellent book with dozens of first-person accounts from the Great Depression, We Had Everything But Money. I’ve spent hours reading through anecdotes, touching, humorous, and poignant, and one thing that struck me was the ingenuity of the Americans who lived through those tough times. …

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Survival Survey: How do you prepare for a Greatest Depression?

Let’s face it.  We may say we’re preparing for winter blizzards or freak hurricanes, but down deep, if you’re a prepper, what you’re really preparing for is a collapse of America’s economy.  It may happen within a few days or it may be a continual downward slide over many years.  Its causes may include numerous Katrina-size natural disasters, a toppling federal government, chaos on Main Street, and the odd meteor or two, but regardless of the causes, we want our …

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