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  1. Out-migration
  2. Mass deportations
  3. The New Deal

The Great Depression, which lasted from 1929-1941, was an extremely important time period in the history of the United States. During this period, major demographic, economic, cultural, and even architectural changes took place. During the Great Depression, various of groups within the United States resettled in order to search for work, immigrants were often sent back to their countries of origin, unemployment rates were at an all time high, and New Deal initiatives were taken, which created various new buildings and public projects.

[...] When that stock market crashed in 1929, the Great Depression officially began. During this upheaval, many companies went out of business and this resulted in a major economic downturn. To add to the economic problems, many states in the heart of the United States were experiencing droughts, and farmers were unable to produce marketable food products. This situation led to major migrations from states such as Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Nuget writes, ?Reeling from drought in the early 1930's, they refused to accept the government's declaration that their area was ?submarginal' and that they should relocate. [...]


[...] In many of these deportations, Mexicans who were actually born in the U.S. and never spent a day in Mexico were unfairly forced into back into their country along with immigrants, whereas other Mexicans decided to leave on their own initiative?before the government forced them to do so on their own terms. A similar initiative was taken with other immigrant groups, such as Filipinos; the Tydings-McDuffie Act a quota of fifty immigrants a which was followed by a new Repatriation Act to send Filipinos back to their native country (p. [...]

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