Boom to Bust By: Lance Walsh

Home Life

People Lose Houses

Many people were affected by the Great Depression, forcing them to live in tents, in cars, outside, etc.

Many, many people lost their houses due to this whether. Houses were full of dust, and people had trouble breathing. They had to move out of their houses to avoid this danger.

Dust Bowl Strikes

The dust bowl, which was a huge dust storm, wipes out houses, destroys crops, kills peoples, and more harmful things.

Another large contributing factor was the weather, I say this because in the mid west, the weather was so dry that the farmers were unable to harvest their crops. The land was a barren wasteland of dust and dirt in which it got its name the Dust Bowl. In other areas, the opposite took place, farmers overproduced and prices rapidly dropped because the demand decreased. The drastic result of this oversupply made it hard for farmers to make money due to the fact that they had so much that they were forced to sell it at substantial low priced just to remain competitive enough to make even the small profit they were making. The imbalances were however, self correcting in which if manufacturers made too much of something, its price would fall, profits would disappear, and the producers would cut back on output. Many, many people lost their houses due to this whether. Houses were full of dust, and people had trouble breathing. They had to move out of their houses to avoid this danger.

Hoovervilles

Many people were forced to love in these shacks called Hoovervilles, because they could not afford their own houses.

The Great Depression caused people to have to live in small shacks called Hoovervilles. They lived here because they would lose their houses and need somewhere to live so they lived there.

Homeless and Starving People Everywhere

A lot of people could not afford homes, or food for their families due to the loss of jobs from the Great Depression.

Home life was also rough during this time. Many families could not get jobs due to the depression. They had no money to feed or clothe their children so many were starving and homeless.

Leisure Time

People Went To Speakeasies

Men and women went to private places where you can drink illegally during prohibition in the 1920s. These places were called speakeasies.

In people’s free time they would go to places called speakeasies. During prohibition, many people still wanted to drink but they couldn’t legally. These people relied on places called speakeasies, where they can drink illegally without getting caught.

Movies as Entertainment

In the 1920s, everybody would go to the movies to be entertained in their free time.

Also, people in the 1920s and 1930s attended the movie theaters for entertainment. These people were in search for a good thing to do to get away from their home lives and enjoy themselves, so they went to go see a movie.

Music for African Americans

Many blacks found love for music of all kinds, and they embraced this.

Music also thrived in this era. African Americans found a love for Jazz music. The Harlem Renaissance made this popular. They used music as a form of entertainment.

New Innovations, Washing Machines

Washing machines were used by many people after they were invited. Leisure time would involve washing clothes.

New innovations also gave people some entertainment. One big invention that made life easier was the washing machine. Many people, mostly women, used these to clean clothes easier and more efficiently.

Economy

Hungry Unemployed Citizens

Many people would do anything for jobs, they had no money so they needed to be working. They held up signs as shown above.

People in this era lost their jobs. They needed their jobs so they can make money to live and feed their families and buy clothes. Without jobs, they couldn't make money so many people were desperate for jobs.

Unemployment

Unemployment rates rose drastically during the Great Depression, but than lower as the Great Depression ended.

Prices fell, production was cut back and workers were discharged. As a result, the economy entered the depression phase of the cycle.

Selling Items For Money

Many poor people were forced to sell crazy things like apples or pencils because they did not have enough money to buy anything or to live. Desperate people.

People in this era were so poor, that they had to sell useless things like apples and pencils to make money so they could live, and feed their families and buy clothes.

Men Want Jobs

Two men are holding up signs, both are in need for jobs to support their families.

People in this era lost their jobs. They needed their jobs so they can make money to live and feed their families and buy clothes. Without jobs, they couldn't make money so many people were desperate for jobs.

Role of Government

Angry Veterans

World War I veterans wait outside of the capital to get their early bonus from the government.

Tons of World War I veterans demanded their early bonus from the government after returning from the war. They did not have jobs and money when they came home and they needed to feed and take care of their families.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Takes Office

FDR is elected president during the Great Depression, creates the New Deal.

In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt took office. This was during the Great Depression and he knew the country needed support. They were struggling and he wanted to get his country get back on track. He created the New Deal to try and help the country.

The New Deal Introduced

FDR created the New Deal, which tried to stabilize the economy and provide jobs and relief to those who were suffering.

Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced the New Deal in 1933 when he officially took office. This New Deal was meant to try to stabilize the economy and provide jobs to people that were suffering and couldn't get a job.

FDR Enjoying His Presidency

FDR attends a baseball game during all the struggles our country is facing.

Franklin D. Roosevelt found peace within himself during the struggle of the Great Depression. He stayed optimistic through the tough times in the government.

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