Boom to Bust the transition from 20s to the 30s

The 1920s

20s Homelife for the General People

This picture shows us a family in the 1920s sitting down for dinner, enjoying their new appliances, and mostly carefree.

During the 1920s consumerism was at its peak. Families were in a secure financial place were they could buy products at a fast rate. Employment rates were up and people believed that it would stay like that forever. People sat down for dinner and enjoyed their new appliances. But, the tails side of this coin is that most of these families bought these products on credit. They did not realise the debt they were putting themselves in. They could not pay back the money they spent on credit. But, for the most part it was a comfortable era until the tail end. But, this was not the same for people in the Rural part of America. After the war all of the farms´ buyers were gone after hey had already invested a lot of their money into equiptment and land. Rural areas had already been struggling severely, so this was an area of continuity in this era.

1920s Homelife for Women

This picture depicts a mother in the 20s cooking dinner for her children. Though many women worked in this era, what this picture shows was also a very true reality.

A women in the 1920s was able to work and go out. They got jobs and made money just as a man would have. Then they chose to be free at night time. These ladies were called flappers. They danced, dranks illegally, dressed provatively, and led life differentely. But, mothers still sometimes chose to stay home. This event usually occured in more rural areas. In this instance it is a mother making dinner for her family, and you can see it is a quite bountiful dinner.

20s Homelife for African Americans

3 African Americans on the street during the 20s. They are not hiding and running, they embracing new culture and style and are not afraid.

In the 1920s many things changed for African Americans. They started taking pride in who they were and sharinf it with others in art, song, and writings. They had spread their wings and did things differentely judt as women did during this time. But, times were still hard for them. They faced predujice from people on the street, work, and the KKK. It was not as easy for them then it was for others.

Leisure time in the 20s for general people, women, and African Americans

This is a family sitting down in front of the radio, enjoying their new inovations and their free time. As you can see the women is sporting the new style women wore.

During the 1920s people were more live and happy in the cities. They went out, drank illegally, danced, and went to movies. It was a bubbly era. Families would sit aside the radios and couples would enjoy a club. People enjoyed their free time and used it to have fun. But, in the south, they did not do this. People there were more conservative there. They did not like the same music, clothing, dancing, and courtship. They spent their time taking walks, sitting on porch swings, and working. It was a parrelel universe between the cities and the rural areas when it came to leisure time.

4 flappers dancing around and living in the moment (very common in the 20s). They wore the new clothes, shoes, hairstyles, hats, and makeup.

Women in the 1920s were free, wild, and carefree. They were called flappers. Dancing and drinking in speakeasies was how they spent their leisure time. But, women in a rural setting stayed home, waited for a man, did not drink, wore appropriate clothes, and was definetely not carefree.

This is a jazz group of African Americans from the 20s. Jazz groups played in speakeasies and clubs and provided great entertainment during this time.

During the 1920s African Americans had a new sense of life. They spent their leisure time expressing themselves and their culture. Especially though their music, Jazz. They preformed, wrote, and played. It was a culturally prideful time and it was fuelled by a time called the Harlem Renaisance.

The economy in the 20s for general people, women, and African Americans.

This newspaper was hosting an article that depicts the sock marcket as an invinsible titan. It tells us how the stock market was thriving and booming. (oh how the mighty have fallen)

Economy in the 1920s was booming. Everyone was buying and selling. An ecspecially huge market in the 20s was the stock market. People bought continuously in the stock marcket and they often bought on margin. People believed that they could make money, keep some for themselves, and then pay back the bank.

This newspaper depicts the shock of the stock market crash. People relied on it so much and it ended with people scared and helpless.

But, prices for stock were more than their values and a non-business interference goverenment was too blind to see the problem with that before it got worse. People started urgently selling their stock and eventually the market crashed. This left a domino effect leading into the 30s. People lost their jobs, businesses closed, and the whole economy lept into a blackhole. This is a newspaper from the time of the crash.

Role of Government for general people, women, and African Americans.

This is a picture of huge business leaders in the 20s. They ¨ran¨ the country because they had all of the power.

In the 1920s the role of government had nothing to do with human and personal problems. They had a laissez faire type of government. This meant that businesses could take control and do what they wanted without government intervention. Above is a picture of various business leaders from the 20s.

Women in the 20s were empowered and fought for their rights as american citizens. They fought for their sufferage. They believed that the role of governemnt was to help them in that fight. This picture shows 6 women outside of the White House picketing and fighting for their rights.

During the 20s, women believed that the role of government was to insure equal, constitutional rights for all citizens. Especially when it came to their sufferage. Women fought tooth and nail for their right to vote and they got it.

The 1930s

Homelife for general people in the 30s

This family was forced to live in a Hooverville after the economics crash. They lost jobs, homes, and all oftheir money. These makeshift, shack homes were what they had to make do with.

After the stock market crash, bad times rolled in. Parents lost their jobs, their homes, their cars, and all of their money. There was really nothing left and no where to turn. People had to fight to stay on their feet. They were forced to live in small, makeshift, shack towns that they called Hoovervilles after their awful president. People went to soup kitchens, migrant were shunned and lost their jobs first, work camps were set up in horrible conditions, and young men were sent to ride the rails in search of a better life. This type of homelife invaded every figure of life and all classes except the low precentage of millionaires. It did not matter if you lived rural or urban, or if you were poor or middle class. Homelife was turned upside down during the 30s.

Homelife for women in the 30s

This women had to stay home in her shack home and tend to the children, clothes, food, and wait for her husband to get home from searching for a job.

Women, in the 30s, were very different then they were in the 20s. In the 30s women stayed very far away from work. If a woman applied for a jobs she would have been disgraced by others for taking the job of man. So, women stayed home with the children. They sewed clothed, made dinner, tried to salvage new recipes out of week old food, and took care of the ¨house¨. Women lost their and fire and passion to be different and equal. In the 30s, women morphed into their stereotypes.

Homelife for African Americans in the 30s

This family is packing up to go on the road in search of new jobs. This was especially common in African American families because they still mostly resided in the south and that is where the farms closed and people had to go search for jobs.

In the 30s many people had to get in their car and drive. They drove to wherever a job was available. In the picture above it shows an African American family packing up their belongings and going on their way to find work. Families that did this would stop and work in work camps for a perios of time and then get back on the road searching for a permanent place to be a steady income family.

Leisure time in the 20s for general people

This is a theater in the 30s were many families would gather and escape from the horrible things taking place in the outside world.

In the 1930s, if you could spare a dime, your leisure time was spent at the cinema. The movie theatre provided an escape for the people struggling during the depression. With all of the horrible things happening outside they were able to just leave it outside the cinema doors for a while. They also listened into the radio as another escape.

This family had to live in extremely harsh conditions in the hoovervilles. But, women mostly did all of the housework and had no time for relaxaton and enjoyment. Unless they had enough money to go to the cinema.

Women did not really have any leisure time in the 30s. They did a ¨Mothers¨ work at home and that was it. Maybe they would have had the occasional trip to the cinema or listen to the radio, but women did not have much time to themselves in the 30s.

Leisure Time for African Americans in the 30s

This is an African American jazz band from the 30s. This was one of the more continious practices throughout the eras.

In the 1930s, African Americans still clung to their jazz music to lift spirits. It was one of the small amount of ideas that stayed the same during the switch of eras. Jazz and swing music brought hope, escape, and enjoyment in dreary times. They were lucky it did not fade away.

Role of government for general people

This is President Roosevelt signing one of the many bills and contracts that he made during his term.

In the 30s Rresident Roosevelt took over office and began a new way of government. He did not support laissez faire government. He proposed a New Deal that directly helped people, children, disabilites, unemployment, and etc. He directly helped people leading them into a new role of government. He was the almost opposite of Hoover. Hoover put money into big corporations and forced people to have to march to get their bonuses and even tried to hurt them. Roosevelt put money into the people, banks, and he supported people. And, Roosevelts way was more succesful.

Role of Government for Women in the 30s

This is Eleanor Roosevelt she was a major advocate for womens rights. She believed that women should be more included and equal in the country.

Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of FDR, believed firmly in womens rights even in a time of such female shunning. When a women would get a job she would be judged for taking that jobs away from the man. In the 20s they would have been encourages, but, this was not the 20s. Yet, Eleanor still believed that women should get jobs. She even pushed her husband to electing more women officials.

This a picture of many of the Black officials that Roosevelt Appointed,

In the 30s, Roosevelt expanded the diversity in government. He believed that more African Americans should be included in government. He appointed many black officials to the cabinet. This formed the first ¨Black Cabinet.¨ This was a big step for African Americans and Roosevelt supported them, showing them that the governemnt is about the well being of people and differnt races.

As you can see the eras were extremely different. People went from living a wonderful carefree life to being homeless and jobless As for rural communities, they were struggling the whole time, even when cities were booming. It was definitely a time of continuity and change.

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