In the 20s, the rural areas of america were in distress before the depression. With the crash and the drought in the Great Plains, farming got harder . Industry in the 20s was booming and was mass producing consumer products. When the depression hit, no one was able to buy products which put businesses out of business. Stock brokers in the 20s made a fortune from the people investing their money into the stock market. Once the depression hit, all of that wealth that they had, went away and they became just as poor as the rest of the country. In the 20s, african americans were being hired to work in factories ad in businesses. When the depression hit, the factories laid them off to save money. The African Americans were the first workers to be gotten rid of. Business wanted to keep the white workers. When the depression hit wall street, people were swarming the banks and the stocks to get their money out so that they did not lose everything they had. The people who did not get their money out in time, lost all of it and owed the bank money that they borrowed.