In the 1920s, many people lived in nice and neat homes with many cars and appliances. Home life in the Great Depression was difficult. Home life in the Great Depression was difficult. Some people lost their homes because they could no longer afford it. “Hoovervilles” were towns filled with shacks made by the homeless. There were hundreds of “Hoovervilles” all over the country, with thousands of people living within them. People who did have their own place often lived in run down or not well taken care of houses or apartments. Providing food for the whole family was a struggle. It was very hard to avoid hunger. Woman took full responsibility of the house chores. Woman now sewed the family’s clothing and baked homemade breads. Nothing could be bought with the little amount of money everyone owned. Some people even resorted to just leaving their families behind. Farmers had a hard life at home in both the 1920's and 1930's. They earned very little money and many of their farms went into foreclosure. It only got worse in the 1930's. Farmers barely had enough money to afford food for their families. Lots of farmers left their homes after fields turned into sand pits and dust filled the air (dust bowl).
What people did in their free time in the 1920s versus what people did in their free time in the 1930s had changed. In the 1920s, people would go to clubs and speakeasies and drink the night away. Woman would become flappers and dance like nobody was watching. People also spent their free time going on shopping sprees and spending everything on credit. People were carefree with their leisure time in the 1920s. That all changed in the 1930s. Most people did not go to clubs or stores because no one had the money to any of these things. Most people's free time in the 1930’s were often spent trying to find work. One thing that people did in their free time that didn't change was going to the movies. People still loved going to see a good movie to cheer them up. Many popular movies, such as The Wizard of Oz, were even created in the 1930s.