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What Did Foreign Workers/Expats Do in GD 1.o? How to do well

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What Did Foreign Workers/Expats Do in GD 1.o? How to do well

Postby globetrotter » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:00 pm

I am trying to look up sources for how foreign workers, expats, were treated during GD 1.0 and what they did in order to take advantage of the change and chaos. Yes, there were riots in the street, breadlines, strikes, war and all of the concomitant sturm und drang, but not everyone was rioting or on the front lines.

What did those who saw the coming situation do to weather the storm, survive and thrive in the changes?

I am looking for tips and historical stories on those who took advantage of the chaos to make money, who moved about unnoticed, unbothered, unmolested and unharmed.
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Postby Think Different » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:51 am

what is gd 1.0? if that's great depression (1930s) I believe men sent their wives and children to the farms in the mid west (if they had family there...remember we were still a very agricultural society then), and then the men wandered the country looking for day labor. that's where the train hopping stories came from. i also don't believe everyone in the country was starving either. it was horrible in the dustbowl region (OK), but not everywhere. if you had a piece of land, you could still grow your own veggies and raise your own chickens. i think unemployment was around 25% as a national average. higher in some places; lower in others. we're not far behind today (21%), even though the main gov't mouthpieces in the press will continually lie to keep it just under the magic 10% number (double-digits are evil...think jimmah cahter).
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Re: What Did Foreign Workers/Expats Do in GD 1.o? How to do

Postby Nate » Fri Jun 25, 2010 5:42 am

globetrotter wrote:I am trying to look up sources for how foreign workers, expats, were treated during GD 1.0 and what they did in order to take advantage of the change and chaos. Yes, there were riots in the street, breadlines, strikes, war and all of the concomitant sturm und drang, but not everyone was rioting or on the front lines.

What did those who saw the coming situation do to weather the storm, survive and thrive in the changes?

I am looking for tips and historical stories on those who took advantage of the chaos to make money, who moved about unnoticed, unbothered, unmolested and unharmed.


My grandfather worked part time through the depression as a tool maker for Ford in Michigan. He had a small farm and rented even more land. Henry Ford encouraged his workers to be prepared- "One foot on the farm, one foot in the factory", he would say.
He not only fed his family well, he produced a great surplus. At a time when dairy price supports were coming into play with Roosevelt, he would skirt that by taking his milk in ice cold sterile containers into poor inner city areas of Detroit and selling milk direct at dirt cheap prices to mostly poor immigrants who would not have had milk otherwise. He sold tons of fruit and vegetables in a similar fashion. He would not tolerate to see a child hungry, and he never returned to his farm with produce. What was not sold, he gave away to those in need. He did not expect help from government, and he was a safety net for a lot of people.
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