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!
The farmers faced the same harsh conditions with no help from the government and in serious debt.
The Harsh Realities of the Southern Farmers.
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
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.
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
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 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?
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.