Boom to Bust The great depression By: Brooke divasto

The 1930's was a time of tragedy and hardships for everyone. From economy failure to the rise of the unemployment rate, the 1930s changed everyone. The government changed dramatically with a new democratic president who was there for the people, and promised a "New Deal." The 1930s was a devastating and period of learning for everyone.

Home life in the 1930s was extremely different compared to the twenties. Rather than going out and buying the newest appliance they were selling their old appliances and hoping that they would be able to afford their next meal. In addition multiple families had to sell their homes because they were not capable of paying taxes on their property, or they needed the money to pay for food and clothes. After families sold their homes they went to Hoovervilles, shantytowns on the outskirts of cities infested by the unemployed. People who lived there made homes out of anything they could find, crate, cardboard boxes, etc.

Houses and belongings are being sold one by one!

People once had fun and had all the new technologies, but now they struggle to make it out, and have to sell everything, even their children to feed themselves. Their homes once fully furnished with appliances, and innovations that made life more convenient, but now they have to sell their house and live in a Hooverville, or what they have is a mess, and is very tight.

The farmers faced the same harsh conditions with no help from the government and in serious debt.

The Harsh Realities of the Southern Farmers.

In both the 1920s and the 1930s, farmers had the wet end of the stick. After the war was over and the demand for farm products decreased. Farmers had taken out loans because they thought that this demand was going to continue, but unfortunately it didn't, and many went into serious debt, and some were forced to sell everything. Once the New Deal programs came into effect, it took farmers off their land, and brought them into work.

African Americans struggled a lot. Not only were they the last hired, but they were the first fired. African Americans lost everything, the Harlem Renaissance was over and their homes were lost, all as lynching increased.

Harlem to Hung

African Americans went from Harlem to Hopeless. They were full of art and music, and then it went down. Although many African Americans were the last hired, they were the first fired. The New Deal program didn't help them much, but they still supported FDR in hope of future progress. In addition there was a rise in lynching, and many African Americans died.

Women were once free and prowled the streets wearing rebellious clothing, short dress and bob haircuts, but now they are at home dancing with friends, if they had the time, and watching after their children.

Women once Free are now Forgotten.

Women once fun and free flappers and roamed the streets protesting for their rights, and now they are stuck in Hoovervilles, and have to worry everyday about how they're going to feed their children, and what is going to happen next.

Leisure time was a big thing in the twenties, but when the thirties came around, people stopped going out, and learned to entertain themselves at home with little or no cost. Instead of going out to speakeasies every night and going out to the town, people learned to use the resources that they had. Families would gather around the radio and listen to spooky stories or fireside chats leaded by the president, play board games, and go see a movie if they could spare ten cents once or twice a week. People realized that they didn’t need money to entertain themselves, and they could make do with what they had.

Entertainment in a different way

People once stayed out late to drink, dance, listen to music, and have fun with others, but now they can hardly afford to go see a movie for ten cents. Family's would come up with ways on how to entertain themselves, whether it was playing a board game, listening to the radio, or dancing with friends at home instead of at a club.

In addition, farmers and families in the west, experienced the Dust Bowl, the abundant rain did not continue in the thirties. People lost all their cattle, crops, and home’s. Wen President Roosevelt was elected he helped many people like the farmers by: setting up the AAA, which taught farmers in the Great Plains how to plow properly, and placed limits on the number of cattle you could buy and how large your plantation could be.

The Dust Bowl hits the Great Plains, but the government is their to the rescue. How the CCC was established!

The New Deal helped the farmers from the Dust Bowl and the ones in debt from the preceding era. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) provided young men with relief jobs, that gave them thirty dollars a month.

Movie Magic!

Movies got the public through the Great Depression. Many people would be capable of sparing a dime twice a week so they could see a movie once a twice a week. They thought that it would help them escape from the harsh realities of the real world, but once they stepped out of the theater the real world reality' came back.

The stocks people bought were going way above their true value, and people couldn’t pay this. Many people who invested in the stock market lost it in the crash of 1929. Banks were once a bustle with people rushing in to buy stock, but once people started selling of their stock and the crash occurred, banks started to close one by one, with people protesting outside their doors begging for their life savings back, which they did not have.

Where did all the money go?

Banks were once busy and jam packed, but in the 1930s banks were the place for protest and beg for their years of savings, they were closed for a brief four day holiday by president FDR and the following that day he gave a fireside chat that reassured the nation and restored the faith in the banks.

FDR showed the people a different side of the government, and changed its reputation, he was truly for the people. Franklin Roosevelt set up safety nets, and helped put up safety nets for the economy and its citizens. He made more sensical decisions that would benefit the country in the present and in the long run.

Government working with the People, WOW what a change!

The three Republican presidents before FDR all believed in the Laissez Fair Policy, there was no control or limitations placed on businesses, Now with FDR, he helped place limits on the businesses, and worked directly with the people.

Overall the 1930s was a period of struggle and change for everyone. From the increase in poverty, to a stronger, better, and more well rounded government, the 1930s affected everyone in a positive and negative way.

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