Boom to Bust Abby leigland

Economy

Farmers in the 1920's cleaning up the ruined top soil.
Children working on the wearing goggles and scarfs to cover their face from the Dust Bowl.

Farmers in the 1920's experience never got to experience the "Roaring Twenties." It was always bad for them. During WWI, there was a high demand for loads of crops. Farmers bought tons of new machines and made a lot of crops. They never thought about what would happen if WWI ended. Once it ended, there was a surplus of crops and farmers had little money because they spent it all on new machines. This was the 1920's. Then comes the 1930's. Farmers were still struggling so they started to plow to top soil off their crops. The wind picked up all of the top soil and this is the start of the Dust Bowl. Now, on top of all their problems, there crops were being destroyed, people and animals were being killed, and everything that they had ever worked on was completely destroyed.

Government

Advertisement lining the roads in the 1920's.
President Roosevelt and his wife were working on creating new programs.

In the 1920's, the Laisse Fair gave all big business owners and industrialist more power and the government was much less involved. Businesses started to create advertisements to trick or persuade people into buying their products. People were believing what the advertisements were saying for example, they small bad) and would buy the product that prevented that. Then once credit was invented, people could buy now pay later. People were buying ton of things that they could not afford. When the 1930's came, big business men got less power. The Laisse Fair was abolished so the government was in control. Roosevelt did everything he could to help Americans get back on their feet. He created new programs to do this.

Home Life

Flappers in the 1920's.
Mother in a camp with her or another mother's child.

In the 1920's, women became more rebellious because of how much they felt that they helped out in WWI. They started to find new was to be different and express themselves. They were not taking anyone else judgement any more. The skirts and dresses got shorter, and the necklines got lower. A new job called the Flapper came from all of this. It was a women who dressed less traditional and had fun and enjoyed themselves. Once the Great Depression hit, women husbands went out to look for work while mothers lived in Hoovervilles and helped each other out with taking care of kids.

Leisure Time

Performers in the 1920's.
African Americans standing by an 'American Way' sign.

African Americans finally found their voice in the 1920's. They were into the arts. The Harlem Renaissance is where it all happened. A new style of music, jazz, was created by African Americans and it had parts of the blues in it and also was inspired by their past years in slavery. Some were musicians, some were painters, and some were many other forms of art. Overall, the 1920's was a great decade for African Americans. Even in the Great Depression, African Americans still went on with making music and other forms of art. They were the last to be hired and first to be fired so they had a hard time getting money.

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