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In the 1930s home life for men, women, and children changed drastically. In the 1920s children enjoyed life as they played with toys, road bikes and most had plenty to eat. But after the stock market crash many families sold all they had to eat and have a small shack to live in and most children did not see their fathers as they left the family to look for jobs. Many men sold their cars they loved so much for a cheap amount of money. Before the crash they lived the lavish life of what we consider the high life today. Fathers left their family's and lived in the outskirts of town in little makeshift colonies of men called HooverVilles. Many of these men in these Hoovervilles were simply looking for work. This action left their wives to play the role of mom and dad. Women had pearls, dresses and were mostly housewives that did what they pleased. After the depression they sold many of their fancy dresses and traded their pearls for hammers or work tools. If ones family was rich before the twenties they had some financial space and did ok. If you were considered “middle class” you became poor and had to work with every drop of energy you had for little pay. And lastly if you were poor to begin with you had nothing, not even a tent to live in. Many of these “dirt poor” Americans died of disease, dehydration, and starvation. The 1920s was like a gourmet French dish and the 1930s was like the bad aftertaste.
The 1920s had some sort of entertainment that everyone enjoyed. Weather it was sports, theater, dance, jazz clubs, a movie, or a ride in the new ford. Since everyone bought everything on credit, why not enjoy life? But soon after, followed a devastating crash that was like taking happiness away from many Americans. Even though many people couldn't afford a lot of the things they used to love to do there were something like art, or movies, or dancing and FDRs comforting “fire side chat”. The radio helped give people this warm comfort and entertainment. Many jazz bands played on the radio and FDR's speeches were also played on the radio. But movies gave a different feeling to Americans. They took all the stress away from the depressed. Movies like King Kong took the harsh reality of Americans and filled their minds with alternate beings. One in five Americans went to the movies once a week in the 1930s. Even though that might not seem like a big number it's actually really good for a country that lived in a tents. So even though Americans didn't have that much money they still did the things they found entertaining.