The Panic of 1837 depressed the economy for several years according to the source entitled Cartoon from 1838. In the picture a tradesman sits, seeming to think over his current situation and the position his family is currently forced to live in. This cartoon painted a pretty accurate picture of the devastation sweeping the nation and making people feel helpless. People out of work, and out of luck, saw Oregon as a way out their deep misery and pain, out of the depression, away from their bad luck. Most of the families in or near this state had nothing left to fight for at home. The fact that the Panic of 1837 put so many people out of jobs and out of homes gives me key evidence that the cartoon represents a push factor, influencing people to leave their homes and start fresh in Oregon.