Prosper to Failure Libby Liggins

The great depression was a time of loss for people. They spent money on the stock market and new innovations with credit, they paid part then and the other part later. This worked well in the twenties, but when the stock market crashed most people and banks were in debt. America had fallen apart.

Many people had to throw away their life just to make money and survive. Mexicans though, had a different story. President Roosevelt made new laws that deported Mexicans, or even people who looked Mexican. The Mexicans were doing fine before. Woman's home life was also affected. Due to the new responsibilities that their husbands took on, women had to do more work around the house. In the twenties the woman was reinvented. She became independent and did new innovative things, like wearing makeup and short dresses, she did what she wanted. She talked on the phone and had friends over. But woman schedules were busy. With this they had to learn how to make due. They could not do everything now. They had to use little short cuts like saving a meal through the week. The wealthy were not affected by this though. Some people, if they were really poor had to go to soup kitchens and lived in hoovervilles with their families. Some moved to California to try to find a better life. Others had to go to work camps and work for very little money. Some farmers had to ride rails to California. The rural areas of the country were suffering from surpluses of crops in the twenties and the dust bowl in the thirties. They rode and begged and usually got nothing or went to jail.

Mexicans grow crops on their farms

Mexican Americans were on their farms growing crops, they are making money and are doing what they want at their home.

Women have a more open, independent life.

Women has free time to do what she wants at home. SHe can call her friend and tell her about the latest gossip

Mexicans get deported from Roosevelt's new laws for no reason.

Mexicans are being deported home and losing their “life”, they have to leave it behind. Roosevelt laws forced them back to mexico even if they did nothing wrong

Women struggle at home with new responsibilities

Women struggle with men work and just make it through. All the men responsibilities are now on the wife, due to longer hours a the workplace

Leisure time was also affected by the depression. In the 1920s modern conveniences were vital. On their free time people would go shopping for things to try to make their lives easier, but we all know that the things didn't work. Most people would go out to clubs, go shopping or hang out with their friends. Some people would spend the majority of their time to go to speakeasies to drink alcohol illegally because of prohibition. Women though did not like alcohol because it caused their husbands to go home drunk. Some people used alcohol to escape their problems, others ran away. Others didn't run from their responsibilities, they dumped it on someone else, for example, working men. The men that got to keep their jobs dumped all of their responsibilities on their wives which made their leisure time not be fun. They now had to take on new responsibilities instead of going to the clubs. Farmers also had to suffer. They had to destroy their crops and all the hard work they did was gone.

Women go out and be an independent figure

Independent women do what they want at clubs and speakeasies. They form a new type of wonen

Women spend their free time helping out at home.

Woman work on their free time instead of being entertained and going out to clubs.

Farmers do what they loved.

Farmers together are getting hay, trying to survive, but doing what they loved.

Farmers have to destroy crops

Farmer has to destroy crops and stop doing what he loves. His work is ruined.

The economy had a role in affecting people's lives from the great depression. In the 1920s everyone thought that the economy was great, they kept ignoring the hints that it was going to crash. So consumerism grew. New innovative products came out and businesses grew in a snap, though farmers were not doing so well. They overproduced from WWI and had too much crops, no one would buy them, but then after about 9 years of waiting, the stock market crashed and everyone was failing. Business owners did not do well. They had too much goods that no one would buy because they were in debt for buying on credit. Bank owners and stock brokers weren't in any better situation. Like everyone they invested in stock and were in so much debt, so when people rolled in asking for money they didn't have any. Most business had to let the majority of the staff go because they could not pay for that many people, or went out of business. The drought did not help the rural businesses either. They could not farm any crops anymore and weren't doing well. Hoover didn't do anything but FDR paid farmers to destroy their crops. Hoover did private assisting to some companies but it did not help much, the majority still suffered. WWII pulled everyone out of the depression and back into business with the need of guns and crops for other countries.

Business owners prosper by selling new innovative goods

Business owners excel by selling new innovative products, they make tons upon tons.

Business owners fail by going out of business

Prior business owners are now poor because they lost a lot from the crash. They barley have anything.

Stock brokers make tons from stock market

Stock market soars above expectations with above normal stock.

Business owners fail by going out of business Stock brokers go bankrupt from stock market liars from lying about stock.

Stock market crashes from companies lying about the amount of money they had. People lost millions.

The government also had an impact on America. In the 1920s there were three republican presidents, and they steered the way in the roller coaster period of time called the boom to bust period. From WWI to the prosperity of the twenties, right to the start of the great depression they did it all. They were the people that were blamed for it all. Pro business policies also swept the business era in the twenties for great innovations. But when the business owners were in need in the thirties, FDR did not do a lot to help them. FDR was more for the people. Not the top dogs of the industry, even though they were in debt, they got nothing. But at least FDR was not as bad as Hoover. Herbert Hoover was a bad president, he didn't keep any of his promises, like the Bonus Army for example, he made promises that they would get money, yet he never paid them. FDR also helped the African Americans- in some ways. Like all of the other presidents he did not sign the anti-lynching bill but he did give them jobs in congress. These jobs helped blacks have a better say in the government.

Business are being left alone by government due to laizees faire policy

Business prospers from selling goods, without the government involved

Business owners get no help from “new deal” government

People crowd around a business that is failing, they are mad at the business.

African Americans are being lynched for no reason

African americans do not get anti lynch bill signed, therefore must suffer.

African Americans get new jobs in the goverment

African Americans with Elenor roosevelt doing government business

And that was how the great depression was lived.

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