Boom to Bust by: Kitty St. John

Woman Leisure Time

The 1920's home life for woman was easier than ever before. New machines made housework quicker and easier.
While modern families were doing well in the home. Farmer woman still had to work with older tools in the house. They still worked hard to keep the household clean and didn't have as much free time.
When the Great Depression began, the thought of woman working dropped as they had to do more housework. They had to sew their own clothes and do more work to keep the family alive.
Many families had to sell their homes and move into smaller locations. They had a lot less room and were often cramped together in one room.

Leisure Time

The 1920's was a great time for woman's leisure time. They wore highly fashionable clothes and were intent on enjoying themselves. Most people called these woman flappers
Traditional woman decided to stay with the olden times. They chose to still wear longer clothes and not. Woman would dance to slower music instead of the fast paced music younger woman listed to.
During the 1930s, women had little time for fun and entertainment. They had to do a lot of work at home instead. Very few had the opportunity to entertain themselves. Those who did would spend their day at a movie theater type of business; for little money they had a day full of movies and plays.
People would curl up next to the radio and listen to Theodore Roosevelt. They would also listen to shows performed over the radio. Some woman would even listen to the radio while doing household chores

The Economy

In the 1920's most Mexican Americans worked as farmers in the South. Other Mexican males went to the cities to work in steel and automobile factories.
During the Great Depression, Mexican Americans lost most of their jobs. Many white Americans came to Texas and stole their jobs. Business owners would fire Mexican Americans first and hire them last. They were very poor and went across America in search of jobs.

The Goverment

Between 1900 and 1930 many Mexicans migrated to America due to the need of more workers. The government supported this migration. Many Mexicans Americans lived down South in Texas.
Many Americans blamed Mexican Americans for the Great Depression. In order to calm the public, the government deported thousands of Mexicans back to Mexico. Many were forced to or tricked to leave America. They lost everything including their homes, money, and family members who stayed in America.

The Twenties and the Great Depression differ a lot in people's lifestyles. In the Twenties most Americans were having a good life. There was plenty of entertainment provided to fill every day with fun. Woman, who used to work in the house, could now do housework in three times less time. They had more time to go out in the world and be who they want. Woman were able to wear what they want and act how they want without being afraid. When the Great Depression, most Woman gave up their path of being a flapper and had to return to their house. They could never go out a night because they had to take care of their poor families. Housework was now harder because woman had to sew their own clothes because they couldn't afford new ones. Mexican Americans in the Twenties were welcome to America. The government wanted more people to fill jobs. Thousands of Mexicans entered America and started communities. They took jobs as farmers in the South, mainly Texas. Other Mexican males went to Northern cites and took jobs in factories. They made enough money to survive and were happy. When the Great Depression happened, though, many Americans blamed Mexicans for the Depression. They lost their jobs to Americans and were very poor. They were barley living. The government in order to calm the public, decided to deport thousands of Mexicans. Mexican Americans were forced out of their homes sometimes with force and other times with tricks. They were sent on trains back to Mexico. Those who remained had very little left. They went all over the country in search of jobs. The Twenties was a time of happiness and good for America. The Great Depression was horrible and many starved. The two time periods differed majorly in aspects of society. The aspects of life for the Twenties improved a lot while The Great Depression aspects of life went downhill.

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