Boom to Bust Visual Essay by: Jackson SMith

1920's vs 1930's leisure time (Woman/African Americans)

1920's - Women during the 1920's created a new image for themselves with the introduction of "flappers". They spent a lot more time living for themselves instead of other people. They had lots more time on their hands than in the 1930's.
1930's - Women had very little free time and spent most of their time working, making sure they can support themselves or their families. The woman in this picture are training to be a nurse to earn some money.
1920's - During the 1920's the African American community was a big suppler of the Jazz music genre. They preformed for people all the time, and spent their free time doing so. This was a big staring point for reducing racism against African Americans.
1930's - White workers faced job loss at a extreme rate, but that rate was double for black workers. They were the first to be kicked out of jobs when the depression started, and the last to be employed when jobs were available.

1920's vs 1930's Economy (Business Owners)

1920's - This graph shows the huge amount of success that the stock market had in the 1920's, extremely high up of the graph. This means great money for business owners if they took proper advantage of it. There was obviously a huge decline that was the 1930's or the Great Depression.
1930's - These are workers lined up outside of a store giving away coffee and doughnuts to the unemployed. This is a result of business owners firing people in order to be able to pay the remaining workers. But, even then the remaining workers don't get paid nearly as much as they did before.

Role of Government (Bankers/Stockbrokers)

1920's - This is a picture of Wall Street. Wall Street is where all of the stock market goodness happened. Stockbrokers got super rich off of all the people investing in it, many even invested all of their money into the stock market. People also spent money they didn't have in the stock market from brokers thinking they would get it all back plus more to keep for themselves. The Government had pretty much no contact with regulating how the stock market functions so when people started selling stocks for more than they were worth things started spiraling downhill.
1930's - This is a picture of ton of people trying to get their money back from the stock market crash. Stockbrokers called back for the money they gave and demanded they got it now. The problem was that the people did not have the money so they were in a great amount of debt. The Government in response to this once again, did nothing.

Home Life (Women)

1920's - Woman once again very much lived for themselves and spent a majority of their time out on speakeasy and clubs. While it was the stereotype that woman stay at the household and keep everything under control there while the man went out to work. Woman did pretty much whatever they wanted.
1930's - The 1930's was a big change. Women once again had to refer back to keeping the household in check. If they were not doing that they were off trying to make money to stay in their house to get food and necessary things to survive. Many times woman could barely get dinner ready for the family.

The 1920's was a big era of progress and economical success. Women created a new image for themselves with the introduction of "flappers". They went out to bars and had fun with others instead of working for the family as much as they used to. They rebelled against the stereotype of women staying at home and keeping the house in order. They spend most of their time in speakeasy and clubs. Business owners had huge success in the 1920's with tons of citizens investing in stock and buying products such as radios and cars. This was a time where people were coming up with products people didn't need but made up a problem and then had their product provide the solution. There were new generations of all sorts of products coming out, such as new model cars, refrigerators, and radios. Stockbrokers also saw huge success with nearly everyone investing in stock. Some people even invested money they did not have, by asking Stockbrokers to lend them money. The hope was that they would earn all the money back from the stock market, plus more to keep to themselves. The Government during this time had little to no interaction with the stock market and did nothing when people started selling stocks for more than they were worth. This was one of the factors that lead to the Great Depression in the 1930's. Women no longer had free time, and spent most of their time in school, if they could afford it or at the house, keeping things in order. Stockbrokers recalled their money and demanded it immediately and most people did not have the money to give to them, putting them debt. On addition to that, people still had to pay off the materials that they bought off of credit, and once again, they didn't have that money. The 1920's - 1930's is known as the boom to bust, and it is quite clear why.

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