Boom to Bust Meredith mckiernan

Home Life: The 1920s and the 1930s the home life was not the easiest times for women. They saw a little more equality in the 1920s than they were about to see in the 1930s. On the rare occasion the women did get jobs, people accused of stealing mens opportunities to get jobs. People were discouraging women from getting jobs. In people's eyes, it was the man's job to make a living which got complicated and hard. Wives and mothers had to avoid starvation but still really struggled to get by and many people had to go to soup kitchens to survive and get food. Wealthier people barely got affected by the Great Depression. Many people had to move into Hoovervilles which were small crowded places where people threw together houses out of cardboard for protection. Farmers didn't have it easy either. In the 1920s agriculture didn't particularly take part in the economic boom in that time. In the 1930s farmers still were struggling to get by after World War 2. There was a large drop in demand for their farm products . The farms were really struggling and the business were failing so most of the people moved the cities.

Wealthy People during the Great Depression

Wealthy people were not greatly effected by the Great Depression.

Poor People during the Great Depression

Women/ children waiting for their husband/dad to come home


Peoples last resort for living during the Great Depression

Mansions in the 1920s and the 1930s

Some people were still prospering
Leisure Time: Leisure time wasn't really an option for all women. In the 1920s the young women and teenagers got nights off. Their nights off consisted of going to speakeasies and dancing the nights away. Speakeasies were illegal because alcohol was not allowed to be purchased or produced.Many people were frowned upon the idea of prohibition, but people still produced alcohol. Mothers and wives still had to provide for their families which did not change either in the 1930s. They had unemployed husbands, so they had to make up for that lost help and support. For African Americans in the 1920s they were sometimes providing the leisure time for many because they were the creators of jazz which was many people wanted to listen to and dance to. They got to express themselves in many ways. In the 1930s it worked for them. Since the cotton prices started to fall, many had to move into the cities and they were almost always the first to get hired when layoffs were taking place.


A way to get far from the sadess and the problems that people had to face during the Great Depression.

Family listening to the radio

Family getting together and spending time and having fun with each other during a time of despair.


People decided to drink illegally to get way fro the reality

Sporting events

People getting away for the reality of the Great Depression and wanting to think about something else other than the economic downfall

Sporting events

people watching a baseball game because they had time on their hands to spend time at sporting events such as baseball games and going to durby's
Economy: The economy situation for women wasn't the easiest for them. Although In the 1920s there wasn't a big difference between man and women in the 1930s it changed a little. For the African Americans in the 1920s and the 1930s, the suffered from higher unemployment rates. 6/10 blacks lost their jobs. In the 1920s the government was not supporting the farmers whatsoever. The farmers suffered from overproduction problems which led to high priced food. Increasing the food prices and people not buying the food led to surpluses. The economy finally crashed down on October 29, 1929 due to most people buying stocks. Everyone thought the stocks would do well but when the companies started to fail the people who invested in them started to loose all of their money. In the 1930s the business closed down and the unemployment rate was rising. Herbert Hoover didn't exactly get the country out of the problem which was the falling economy. In 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt came into office and helped the country almost get pulled out of the Great Depression.

Herbert Hoover

The previous president that not many appreciate his time in office

Factories in the Great Depression

factories had to lay off workers and cut their hours

People selling their belongings

people selling their things to get money to support their families anyway they can

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

The new president that was optimistic and helped pull the country out of its misery
Role of Government: The women's beaded for their rights and roles in the government. In the 1920s they requested their freedom and wanted to be more involved. In the 1930s they also demanded for a lot of equal say and treatment for their jobs. For the farmers in the 1920s the government was not involved. There was much surplus. In the 1930s the government finally started to get involved. There were many new plans in place to help the farmers succeed again. Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover where the three republican president before the new very needed president, Franklin D. Roosevelt which was a democrat.

FDR inaugurations

New president coming into office

Women protesting

Unhappy women fighting for their equality that they weren't quite able to call their own

African Americans protesting

African Americans protesting about unequality

Banks reopening

people wanting their money and put it in a safe place

Americans waiting for the banks to give them their money back

Many people waiting for the banks to finally reopen

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