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