A family in the 1930s trying to listen to the radio and find peace and comfort during hard times while children play with toys.
A house located in a Hooverville, or a shantytown. It is clearly makeshift and poor quality and what many homeless people did to "make do" and adapt to the new conditions.
City dwellers were not spared by poverty and many once middle class or third class people became even poorer and they, including many women, spent their home life begging or selling any items they could find for cheap prices.
Before the Depression, people only did things for their welfare and pleasure, not worrying a thing about what others in society faced. People were hit in the head when the Depression happened and were forced to cooperate with other fellow Americans regardless of what social status they were before because at this point, it didn’t matter. People had to sell everything they once owned and bought on credit, persistently beg, look through trash cans, or even wait in food lines to get basic necessities such as food and water.
Role of Government 1920s versus 1930s
This cartoon shows White House officials running to the white house on an oil-stained road during the Teapot Dome Scandal, where members of the President's administration leased oil to corporations illegally.
When former World War 1 veterans demanded to receive their bonus for military service which they hadn't been paid yet, President Hoover barricaded himself in the White House and sent the army and tanks to deal with them. Several strikers died from this.
During Roosevelt's first hundred and two hundred days in office, he immediately worked to stimulate the economy and help the quality of life for individuals improve in the laws of the New Deal.
During the New Deal, Roosevelt created several groups and many new organizations under the government to help the U.S. get out of the Depression and improve the lives of Americans such as the CCC's and Social Security.
Roosevelt gave "Fireside Chats" or radio chats to Americans to instill confidence and optimism in them that together they could work together to get out of the Depression.
When Roosevelt was elected, people were charmed by his charisma and confidence and many Americans became hopeful when he passed several bills and laws attempting to help them and the economy. He was able to create groups like the CCC which was a group of proud unemployed young men who worked on construction projects and the Social Security which gave money to disabled and the elderly. Many of these acts worked but it was not enough. Still, people were happy to elect a president who acted quickly, listened to them, and soothed them via the radio. Americans were willing to work harder and despite their sadness, people worked overtime to get their nation out of the hardships.
There was little happiness, only bitterness, except when people went to the movies or orchestra, went dancing, or found comfort with the radio.
A theater in the 1930s was one of the few places where people could find amusement or forget about the worries and hardships of the Great Depression, but when they went out, the Depression was still there.