The switch By Julia Ann Kemper
Home life in the 1920's was carefree and happy. Men were off to work every day, making descent money. The women of the home stayed home and took care of things like laundry, food, etc. Because of the high participation for investing in stock, many had more money than they knew what to do with and spent it on mansions and other expensive items. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, conditions were horrid. There was sever poverty all over town, and unemployment rates reached up to around 25% in the 30's. Most of the townspeople lived in what they called 'hoovervilles,' which they so kindly named after their fully-blamed president. Hoovervilles were small makeshift homes made out of scrap wood, blankets and some metal. Many can see the difference when it comes from thriving in mansions to scavenging on the streets.
In the 1920's, life was all about making the most of life and living in the moment. People visited clubs, speakeasies, movies, and enjoyed dancing happily to some jazz. Even though the crash affected people, things didn't change. People lost everything, and what they had was barely enough to eat let alone keep them going. But, in their despairing free time, many families watched movies, listened to the radio and looked at art. All of this was just a distraction for what was really going on.