The affect of Economy on Bankers and Stockbrokers
This picture shows a visual representation of how busy stockbrokers were. People were constantly calling in to invest their share and buy in the stock market. Bankers and Stockbrokers were making millions off of these calls and the people investing the stock market.
After the crash stockbrokers and bankers had lost all of the wealth they had and went into bankruptcy. This visual shows how many people panicked and fled to banks but couldn’t get their money back because of unpaid loans and bad investments. The stockbrokers and bankers went from the top to the bottom.
Nothing had stayed the same moving from the Roaring twenties to the Great Depression in aspects of the economy . People went from living in luxury and having tons of money to barely being able to maintain a home or job. The drastic change hit people hard and no one seemed to notice that all of the fun and games would soon stop and it did stop in a horrible way. In the 1920's the Economy was booming everywhere. Industry, stocks, and consumerism was the norm for people. The community became a consumer society and everyone became very materialistic. People needed products to make them happy. The Great Depression hit and everything was worth nothing. Our economy was nothing and stocks were worthless. It was an overall Economic downturn.
Governments affect on farmers
Agriculture was struggling in the 1920´s and did not get the boost that every other aspect got. This shows farmers that were struggling with decrease in demand for farm products, high costs and dropping prices. The government did nothing to help so they were on there own to find a way to make money and help their families.
Once the Great Depression hit as well as the Dust Bowl farmers were left in an even worse situation. This visual documents farmers and families dealing with the Dust Bowl and how brutal it was. It wasn’t long until FDR came in with Government and passed a bill for farmers, all part of the New Deal.
Farmers were already in bad condition so nothing much had to change fro them to be in even worse condition. All it took was the Dust Bowl and they literally had nothing. Hoover using the Laissez-Faire did not help the country one bit but once FDR came in with the New Deal government got involved and helped tremendously. The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 set limits on the size of crops and herds farmers could produce. The Civilian Conservation Corp hired teenage boys and young men to assist in disaster relief, plant trees, create parks and preserve natural areas. FDR using relief, reform and recovery helped farmers tremendously.
Governments affect on Business Owners and Industrialists
This picture shows just one of the advertisements going around during the 20´s. These advertisements would pull people in and make businessmen wealthy and successful. Industry's would be booming because of how many people were buying and how much was being made to buy.
The phrase ‘going out of business’ was widely known during the Great Depression. The Government let overproduction, instability in agricultural sector, and mounting debt lead to a collapse in businesses. So many people lost money which means products weren’t being sold and the businesses had to close.
There was a huge change in business from the 20´s to the 30´s. Businesses were thriving and products were being sold and it all went down the drain soon after that. Products weren’t being made anymore because people had no money to buy products and the once consumerism society became a dump. Even FDR did his best to pass all sorts of bills but all were widely opposed by industrial leaders. Finally by 1938 the Fair Labor Standards Act was passed and it gave a minimum wage at 25 cents per hour and weekly working hours to 44 hours.
Home Life for Mexican American and Mexican Immigrants
The family here is shown at home and not living in luxury at all. Mexican Americans were either always working at a job or at home. Their lives was everything but nice and luxurious. This period of time was also a very busy time for Mexican Americans to be immigrating.
Mexican Americans had to live everyday life with a fear of being deported. This picture shows many being deported back to Mexico. No only did they not get the same rights and living conditions as others but they also had to pick up their bags and leave.
Mexican Americans and Immigrants were always somewhat discriminated upon. They were faced with food shortages and job crisis’s as well as everyone else but they also had to face something else come 1930’s;deportation. Some were deported for suspicion of being Mexican or you voluntarily agree to go back to Mexico. There was really no home life for them in the 20´s or 30´s. When they had first come to America as immigrants they went to work and now they are being deported back to Mexico to take on a migratory existence. Mexicans were mostly found in the Southwest and life wasn’t all luxury. Some didn’t even have home but as long as they had a job it was enough.
Home Life for Women
Women were barely even home in the 1920´s, between speakeasies and dancing at clubs there was no time for a “home life”. They had no responsibility and life was alive. You could do what you wanted so women took that advantage and broke every rule possible. The stereotypical housewife was forgotten.
The name housewife came right back when the Great Depression began. Women were automatically assumed to be at home working for the family. The picture above shows a mother working at home constantly supporting her family. The restrictions that were just taken away have just been added back, women had no more privileges anymore.
For women, this change was drastic and all privileges were forgotten. Women were now housewife's working at home and would never have an unemployed husband. Life was great before the Great Depression for women. They could show skin, go out dancing, and wear all sorts of clothing. Women got their moment of glory before it was all taken away. While home life was meant to be enjoyed and stress free, women were constantly working and stressed about being able to support their families. Women went from having no home life and always out having fun to being trapped in their homes working.
Leisure Time for Farmers
Farmers had lost their farms and struggled a lot during these days. There were some forms of escaping from all of these problems though. This picture above documents a farmer sitting down and peacefully playing his guitar. Many people turned to music to escape from problems and that is exactly what he is doing.
During the Great Depression there was no more leisure time for farmers. As they were already struggling, things got even worse for farmers. The Dust Bowl hit and everyone lived in misery. This family shows what conditions farmers were in, it is a complete accurate representation of misery.
In the 1920's farmers, as said before, were struggling unlike everyone else. They were suffering from decrease in demand of products so not as much money was being made for them to live off of. Meanwhile everyone was having fun and farmers lost their farms due to foreclosure. The Dust Bowl came and that is when everyone was affected. Farmers were partly to blame for the Dust Bowl because of their farming methods. Not much changed through both decades but if anything things got worse. Life became even more difficult and there was barely any money to do anything anymore. If money was not there then there was nothing to do meaning no enjoyment in life for farmers.
Home Life for African Americans
This picture here shows a happy family outside of their house that look well dressed and healthy. That was what most lives were becoming in the 1920's. There was happiness for everyone and this picture can show and document that.
This picture shows quite the opposite of what we saw before. A woman, assuming to be a mother, looks distressed and sad while her and her family sit there in an empty house. Everyone in this picture looks so hopeless and quite desperate for help. An empty house and empty hearts were commonly seen through African Americans during this decade.
Opportunity was definitely something that changed drastically from the 20s to the 30s. Just when African Americans thought that they were getting equality and rights everything had to go downhill. African Americans could go out of there house and not get mobbed and actually enjoy the entertainment that was happening. Expression was allowed at home and outside of home. In the 1920's African Americans didn’t have to be scared of that unwanted feeling anymore and they could go at and get recognition. 1930's came around and all hope was lost. Most were unemployed so they could not afford to support a family at home. The racial violence came again, and once again they were tuck hiding inside their houses.