Boom to Bust Visual Essay Genevieve McCann

Economics for stockbrokers in the 1920s. The stock market was very successful at this time so people were encouraged to buy things.
Economics for bankers in the 1920s. Bankers were making a lot of money because people were putting their money into banks.
Economics for stockbrokers in the 1930s. At this time the stock market had crashed. People who had once owned millions lost everything.
Economics for bankers in the 1930s. When the stock market crashed the banks did not have enough money to pay back their customers so they went bankrupt.
The government for farmers in the 1920s. The government passed the Laissez Faire Act which meant the would not get involved with business or farmers.
Government for farmers in the 1920s. The government passed the Agricultural Adjustment Act.
Home life for women in the 1920s. This is a picture of women not having to deal with anything at home because they had maids and butlers.
Home life for women in the 1920s. This was the beginning of the age of flappers.
Home life for women in the 1930s. Women now had to compete with men for jobs to keep their family from starving. They could no longer afford butlers and maids.
Home life for women in the 1930s. Women now had to sew their own clothes and bake their own bread.
Leisure time for African Americans in the 1920s. This is a picture of the Cotton Club during the Harlem Renaissance.
Leisure time for African Americans in the 1930s. This is a picture of people trying to get a job to pay for their families.

The 1920s and the 1930s had many differences and similarities. The 1920s pictures showed how prosperous the 20s were for women, African Americans, farmers, bankers, and stockbrokers. The photos consisted of all time high stocks, women's rights, plentiful farming, and the fun filled Harlem Renaissance. During the 20s people had started to abandon old traditions and became more rebellious. Prohibition was created to ban alcohol. This caused speakeasies, to get away with drinking during the prohibition. Women became flappers and wore very short dresses and much more make up. The 1930s pictures showed that when the stock market crashed, from stockbrokers ignoring the signs of a crash, everything was affected. The crash caused banks to close because they could not pay their customers their money back. When the banks closed bankers lost their jobs causing their families who had once lived in huge houses to live in poverty. There were so many people that were poverty stricken that "Hoovervilles" were created. They were called "Hoovervilles" because the president at this time was Herbert Hoover and people believed that he cause the crash because of the Laissez Faire. Women now had to help their families by getting a job but they had to compete with men to get them. Since the nation was in such poor condition the government disregarded Laissez Faire and helped the businesses but they put women's rights on hold. Farms also suffered because of the Dust Bowl. The farmers had destroyed the top soil by taking out all the deep rooted grasses and this caused the soil to get picked up by the wind and this turned into dust storms. Most farmers abandoned their farms and moved to the west. The things that stayed the same during the 1920s and the 1930s were that farmers were in distress, jazz music still thrived, divorce rate stayed the same, and poor southern migrants moved to the cities.

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