The Boom To Bust Story of how america took a turn for the worst

New York City Booms

New York City during the 1920s

Soup Kitchens open for poor

Soup Kitchen during the great depression to help unemployed citizens

Many forced to live in hoovervilles

Hooverville: Tiny make-shift houses for struggling people

Women finally working

Women having to work to support their families

Mexican Americans kicked out

Mexican Americans being deported for taking up space in America

Life changed a lot from the 1920s to the 1930s due to the great depression. In the 1920s, everyone was having fun and spending lots of money from the economy doing amazing. The cities were bright and entertaining. The rural lifestyle was not as fun, but it was there. In the 1930s though, everything had to change in some way. Most families and people were not able to afford all the fancy clothes and cars anymore. They were forced to “make do.” Some people stayed wealthy, some even tried to help the poor out by opening up soup kitchens and such. However, a lot of people became dirt poor from the crash. People were forced to go to soup kitchens for food, and hoovervilles for homes. Lots of people were migrants and rode the rails looking for work anywhere they could find. There were lots of work camps set up to try and help the people out. The average family was a lot different in the 1930s than it was in the 1920s. Everyone seemed to be working. This home life change mostly affected women and Mexican Americans. Women went from being flappers and all about fun, to some serious and hardworking women. Women were forced to work since families could use whatever they could get. Women actually helped the family out because she was out there earning extra money instead of sitting at home doing almost nothing. Mexican Americans had things ruined for them. They wanted to live the american dream, but they got an american nightmare. They were doing fine in the 1920s. They just immigrated and found good jobs easily. This changed a lot in the 1930s. They became the lowest of the low almost from poverty and not finding jobs. Some still did have jobs, so they decided to kick them out of the country because those were the americans jobs.

New Movies in theaters

People looking for entertainment in the great depression

Baseball becoming very popular

Baseball was very famous in the 20's and 30's

Radio's; the future of technology

Almost everyone in the U.S, would sit and listen to a radio

Dance the stress away

People dancing to get some stress off and have fun

Child dancing star

Shirley Temple was very famous and was very entertaining for people going through tough times

Jazz becomes very popular

Louis Armstrong was a very famous jazz musician and was very entertaining during the Great Depression

It was mostly fun in the 1920s with the booming economy. In the great depression, people still wanted to have fun. What they could do was pretty limited though. In the 1920s there was advertising and consumerism. People were hooked on buying new things like washing machines and toasters. They bought most of it off credit, which screwed them over in the end. They would go to big sports event, movies, and music shows. Jazz was becoming popular with the Harlem Renaissance and so was dancing. In the 1930s, it did not change a lot, but people lost a lot. The citizens who bought all the things on credit, were forced to return everything since no one had the money anymore. The people did use it as an escape to all the things that were happening. They would go see movies that made them feel good, as if they were not struggling in life. They would also see some music shows and listen to the radio for shows. African Americans and women were mostly affected by this. African Americans did not do bad at all really. Jazz remained popular in the 1930s, it was just finding good jobs. Some had to take jazz full time for some money. Women were changed a lot. They went from dancing everywhere in the short skirts, to working at the camps with everyone else.

First lady leads women

Eleanor Roosevelt was a huge part of advancing women's rights and them joining the workforce

Families struggle

A family during the Great Depression that doesn't look so good

Business close

A business that is forced to go out of business from the crash

Skyscrapers built

A large skyscraper from the 1920s

Cars becoming a necessity

A car from the 1920s, when most people owned cars

Unemployment rate up

Two men trying to get hired so they can support themselves and their families

Stock market thrives

Wall Street in the 1920s when they were striving

During the 1920s, everyone was doing amazing There was the introduction to consumerism and the growth of industrialism. Although, the farming was not all that good and farmers seemed to struggle a lot. In the 1930s, everything turned upside down. Business’ closed down, which meant unemployment rates were soaring like never before. President Hoover was a disaster. He did not know what to do in the situation. With the economy being so bad, Business owners and bankers were hurt the most. Business owners went from doing amazing to having to shut down the entire business. Nothing went right for them. Bankers and stockbrokers had to go from the stock market booming and lots of money coming in to the banks, to banks closing from lack of money and the stock market so bad there was really no point in a stock broker.

Role Of Government

Franklin D. Roosevelt helped lots of people out during the great depression
Herbert Hoover who kind of caused the Great Depression, but worse, din't even try to stop it

Farmers struggle

People working hard trying to make money

Dust Bowl Strikes

Dust Bowls were a big problem for Farmers during the Great Depression

The role of government was forced to change during the great depression in order to recover. In the 1920s the government meant nothing to the citizens. Business was secured by the laissez-faire policy so government couldn’t touch them. This changed in the 1930s, when Franklin D. Roosevelt became president. He brought in the government with the New Deal to help out the people and the economy. He made programs for the government to control things and regulate society. Business owners and farmers were mostly affected by these actions. Business owners went from striving in the 1920s with the laissez-faire policy, to being regulated by the government. They can’t do whatever they want anymore and take advantage of people. Farmers were most likely ecstatic about the New Deal and the government takeover. The president made programs called the “AAA” and the “CCC” which helped farmers financially and regulated how much crops they can grow.

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