Boom To Bust by Josh Liebowitz

A family of poor farmers during the 1920s.
A farm in in the great plains after a dust storm had struck.

1920's farmers suffered from the drop in demand for goods after WWI, and the government refused to offer any relief. Throughout the 20's farmers struggled to keep their homes as many faced foreclosure. During the 1930's farmers continued to suffer as they became even poorer with the Great Depression. The government offered some help like programs that planted trees to prevent the wind from blowing away. Although for many farmers this help was not enough so thousands left with their families for California were they thought they would find another life.

An african american march for equal rights.
An african american family leaving their home for a better life.

During the 20's African Americans achieved great change as they were elected into government positions, created great communities like Harlem, and founded the new music, jazz. Although, even with this great step forward many faced hardships like racism. In the 30's African Americans were hit hard. They were the first to be fired and the last to be hired, about 6 out of every 10 African Americans were unemployed. Along with financial problems, racial tension also rose causing even more difficulty during the tough time.

MExican Migrant workers harvesting crops on a farm.
MExican Workers being pushed out of the country.

Mexican Migrant workers in the 1920's worked uncontested in their job market. The workers would travel from farm to farm without worry of being denied of work. After the crash and as the Dust Bowl devastated the Great Plains and farmers came into the competition for migrant. As the positions were filled the Mexicans were denied of jobs and later forced out of the country due to the mass amount of farmers pouring onto migrant jobs. Some were even legal citizens of the United States, but they were forced out along with others.

Home Life
Women in the 1920's, known as flappers, walking down a city street.
Women in the 1930's marching for equal rights.

Women in the 1920's because of new inventions that left many women with more free time, found a new confidence for themselves as they broke tradition and started a new era for women. Many disapproved of the new culture but women pushed on. Life in the 20's was a very beneficial time for women. Although in the 30’s as many lost their jobs life became much harder. Husbands left wives and children to fend for themselves. Women had to carry their families during the tough times of the 1930’s.

Leisure Time
Wealthy business owners and industrialists in the 1920's.
MEn lining up at an unemployment office in the 1930's after the stock market crash.

Business owners in the 1920's prospered from the "buy now, pay later attitude" of the entire country at the time. With the huge demand for goods business overproduced their products which created a very unstable climate. After the crash business owners and industrialists lost huge sums of money, owners then cut pay and jobs to many workers. This led to people no longer having the money to go to clubs and movies leaving the era of entertainment behind. Instead people listened to the radio with friends to substitute the old lifestyle they had once lived.

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