African Americans were constantly on the move. The the 1930s was a time of the Great Migration. They moved from more Northern states to Southern states in search of more opportunities. During this migration, African Americans began to build up their reputation in overcoming the many challenges they received. For example, there was a drought that changed the rural economy, the unfortunate weather impacted people in ways that they had to learn to fight back. They were always beaten down and discriminated by whites and not given the most lovely of places to live. Their living conditions were the poorest of the poor. Some had to camp outside. From this time to the 1920s many upgraded their living, for times in the 1920s before everything went downhill was quite good. As for women, their rebellious days are long gone. With their job to stay at home and worrying about the kids, there was not as much time to have the fun they used to have. The unemployment rate was decreasing due to businesses closing. Women during the 1920s are known for going out and fighting for what’s right. But they were limited. Husbands worked for money, some in working camps, while the mother stayed at home. If you lived in the city, women would be scavenging to find food for their children. But if you were on a farm, you’d help out right there. This is just the way it was. The wealthy held a pretty strong lifestyle when compared to the middle and working class. The middle and working class, had to make do with what they have and continue to work for what they needed. There was an increase in people who migrated, who unfortunately had a harder time finding a stable job. Also in the 1920s, there were those who were very poor, where some would live in horrible conditions nicknamed “Hoovervilles”, due to President Hoover not having the smartest of ways to control the country. And as for food, people resorted to soup kitchens, where people came together to help each other. And of course, there were those that was on the run, running away from their problems, on the rails. So the 1930s held a great deal of movement and change in location.
African Americans on the Move