Boom to Bust A visual story through 1920 to 1930


Government 1920: With the Great Migration occurring African Americans called upon the Government to pass a bill that cannot deny a black man a home just because of their skin tone.

Government 1930: African Americans protest for Anti Lynching bill.

From 1920 to 1930 there was little change for African American rights. In 1920 African Americans were faced with an extreme amount of violence. With violent outbreak and extreme prejudice towards them. As the Great Depression arrives the already bad situation they were in all of a sudden became worse with losing jobs left and right. The motto for African Americans getting hired were "Last hired. First Fired." With the newly elected president Roosevelt coming into the White House he drew an extreme likeliness from the African Americans. In the White house though he was extremely inconsistent with creating civil rights with the threat of losing Southern votes. African Americans through the 20s and 30s had little to no change because of the focal point on a booming economy and then a broke country the government did not have the time or money to help these people out.

Home Life

Home Life 1920: Women uses convince of blender to make home life easier.

Home Life 1930: Family affected by stock crash sits outside run down house.

In the 1920's home life was amazing for almost everyone and the country felt as if it was growing as the nation economically and socially. For example, women had major growth in the job market and were not stay at home wives as much anymore. This caused the home life of much more women to just start after their shifts. Many parents after their shift took care of house chores and then went to bed to start the day all over. However, in the 1930's this all changed. In the workforce women were being laid off a lot more in the factories because it was a mostly masculine job and domestic services such as house cleaning were cut because people could not pay for their services.

Leisure Time

Leisure Time 1920: Flappers in daring styles walk all streets around US.

Leisure Time 1930: One of many cinemas used to escape depression

With the ending of the war people wanted to celebrate the time they had to be happy. Women of the age now enjoyed the new freedom to be themselves and be the daring women they really needed to be to promote gender equality. These women were formally known as flappers and in their free time they dressed not as a formal women would and were extremely daring. As the Great Depression dawned upon the people of the United Sates this all changed. These women were slowly fading in numbers and formal women began to come back. The country at this time was in need of a distraction and that is were most of the leisure time was spent with distractions. People of the 1930's used movies and arts too get their mind off the outside world. However once they stepped out of that movie theater the world was just as bad.


Economy 1920: Run down rural town in Great Plains

Economy 1930: Dust storm devastating town

In the Boom era of the 1920 the prosperity was not spread even all around the country. While the stock was booming farmers were falling. The farmers at this time period were struggling and the demand for their crops was not high enough to support these people. Farmers were hit extremely hard by the depression because the bakers needed to call in their loans and since the farms did not have money for this they went in dept or had their homes foreclosed. The little farmers that did survive this crisis were faced with another problem which was the Dust Bowl which ripped through the Great Plains. This extremely powerful storm of soil and debris destroyed fertile farmland which the storm only left behind destroyed dry soil. The problems continued to arise until the government needed change of all this misfortune the farmers were in so they sent out experts to teach farmers how to properly farm and get better produce from these methods.

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