Boom to Bust

Have you ever heard of a rich man going poor. That is a typical man who transferred from the 1920’s to the 1930’s. Many aspects of society were affected during the era including economy, home life, leisure time, and the role of government. This era was not a happy era for most.

Home life in the 1920’s s very pleasing. The people could get what they wanted. Even if they did not have enough money. They could buy on time. This allowed them to get the newest appliances, such as; refrigerators, cabinets, cars, sinks, and radios. The people were living in comfortable, stable households. Life in rural area was poor. The farmers were losing their farms so there home were disappearing. After the stock Market crashed everything changed. Lots of people lost their homes and had to move to hoovervilles. In side of Hoovervilles is a cluster of small houses put together from scraps. An entire family lived in one of those houses. Also the people lost all their high-end appliances. Families that didn’t live in a hooverville home entertainment were radios and board games. The women of the household did all the cooking, cleaning, and tending to the kids. They also had to cut corners to save some money such as sewing their own clothes. Life in rural areas were hit by the Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl was extreme drought and dust storms that destroyed crops. This did not help the farmers. The farmers crops were destroyed, so most of the farmers had to move. This made them migrants, and most of the migrants moved out to California. The 1930’s were a dreadful time at home.

Poor and Close to Trash

This is a hoover Ville where the poor people who lost all there money, lived. It wasn't by any means ok but it was a place to live.

Good or Bad

A family had to live in this small house. That looks to be put together with scraps.

Migrants Migrate

The people who lived in the great plains moved to avoid the dust bowl. Most traveled to California.

The Dust Takes Over

The Dust storms throughout the 1930's caused farmers to close down and many to move.

Women fill in The Gaps

The women do what was needed for the family, from house hold duties or providing the steady income for the house.

Leisure time in the 1920’s was an exciting time. At this time there was prohibition. A common activity to do is go to speakeasies. Speakeasies are bars, but bars are illegal so this is breaking the law. Also going out to clubs was a popular night time activity. At the clubs there would be flappers that wore very revealing clothes. Also there was a new type of music, jazz. The big thing for the kids to do is rebel against their parents. There were many cars to go around too. This all stopped after the crash. There was no budget for these activities. Except for the industrialists. The industrialists did not lose any money in the crash. They had mansions and could afford cars. They were still living the good life after the crash. Unlike the rest of America. Most people could not afford living the life they were living before. For entertainment most people resorted to reading, family board games, or listening to the radio. African Americans leisure time did not change much there activities did not change much. They were still playing Jazz, dancing and, writing. Leisure time in the 1930’s changed for the worst.

No T.V No Problem

A common family activity is listening to the radio.

Party Hard

People in the 1930's did not have enough money to party in expensive clubs like in the 1920's, but that did not stop them from partying, as you see in this picture.

Theater Feaver

1 out of five people saw one movie a week. It was inexpensive way to have fun.

Equal but Seperate

African did not see much change since the 1920's. They were still discriminated against.

Not All Was Bad

Industrialists were not affected by the great depression. They continued there wealthy life.

The economy in the 1920’s was booming. The people of the time were happy. They were free to buy what they wanted and not worrying about their financial state. Most of the people were buying on time and investing in stock. This was not smart of them. One day the stock market crashed. People went crazy; jumping out of windows, causing havoc, extreme panic. This resulted in a time of despair in the 1930’s. One result is that the banks had to close, because the bank could not payback the citizens money. Small businesses closed and big businesses laid off many workers, and had pay cuts. Stock brokers had it the worst. As soon as the stock market crashed they lost all their money and clients. They became bankrupt. This is similar to how the bankers turned out. Since the banks closed they were out of jobs until FDR was president. As for the agriculture business they were the same as they were in the 1920’s, struggling. The farmers were creating a surplus of crops so prices dropped and farms got closed. There was tremendous change in the economy.

Farming Has Been Harvested

Farming was still a struggling industry in the 1930's. Farms were foreclosed by the bank.

Stock out Depression in

Stock brokers went broke after the stock market crashed, so did many others

Banks Out of Money

The banks were struggling to stay in business until FDR was ellected

The role of the government in the 1920’s was the laissez fair policy. The Laissez fair policy is the government is hands off. They let the businesses control their own. The Republican presidents believed in this policy. In the beginning of the 1930’s we had president Herbert Hoover. The people wanted a president that believes in a controlling government. That was not president Hoover. He still believed in the Laissez fair policy. Hoover tried to bring the economy back where it was, but he failed. Then the people got the president they wanted FDR. FDR put the banks back in business. Also he came up with the New Deal. Although it did not work it was a good idea. But he did improve the economy. Not like it was but better than it is. But they did not give improvement to the African Americans were still segregated and discriminated. They were the first people out of a job and the last to get hired. The Mexican Americans of the time were highly discriminated against. They were deported because they were accused of stealing american jobs. Also some Mexicans were put in work camps. That was how the role of Government changed.

FDR is powerful

FDR is one of the most powerful presidents ever

Was He so Great

This is a group of protesters marching down Washington street near the white house.

The Great New Deal

Turns out the New Deal was not as great as FDR thought it was

False Robbery

The Mexican Americans were accused of stealing jobs, so they were deported.

Put to Work

Mexican were put in work camps to work a lot for a little.

There was a huge change from the 1920’s to 1930’s. It was change for the worst. For most people the 1930’s was a time of struggle.

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