Many people in the 1920s had a lot of leisure time due to modern conveniences that helped them do work. In their free time, they watched movies, went to sports games, and enjoyed music, like African Americans did with jazz. Prohibition also led people to go out to speakeasies. People in rural areas did not believe in urban ways of fun, though. In the 1930s, people used activities like movies and radios to escape reality and despair.
The economy in the 1920s boomed with people investing in stock markets left and right.
Due to the surpluses and failing demands, farmers went into debt and were forced into foreclosure.
Americans During The Great Depression
People did poorly in the 1930s and were desperate for a job and money.
African American Families
African Americans did the worst since they were the first fired and last hired. It was hard for them to find any job.
The 1920s was booming with consumerism and stock market investments. African Americans did well as they got involved in the visual arts. However, in rural areas, the farming industry struggled. Farmers overproduced crops for the war, which after it ended, left them with surpluses. In the 1930s, not only did farms struggle, but America all together did. People went into debt and stock prices dropped. This all lead to the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Many became unemployed as businesses shut down and people then blamed President Herbert Hoover for the lack of action for the country. Blacks also struggled as segregation became stronger, and they were denied jobs and food. Farmers struggled even more as droughts arose, which caused dust bowls to wipe out homes. The economy did get better, though, as Franklin Roosevelt was elected into office, but it did not fully end until the outbreak of World War II.
In the 1930s, a bonus army marched in to seek early payment of what they were promised.