Boom to Bust By: Amanda Sullivan



Farmers suffered throughout the '20s due to a decrease in demand.
While the economy did not get better, farmers were able to make and provide their own food in the 1930s.

Stockbrokers and Bankers

For many stockbrokers, the 1920s was a time of money as they encouraged many people to invest in the stock market.
After the stock market crash of 1929, however, many stockbrokers lost money and banks were forced to close.

While the economy did not change much for farmers, there was a significant change for bankers and stockbrokers. Farmers were doing poorly throughout the 1920s as demand for farm products decreased, and when the stock market crashed in 1929, they began to suffer even more. The drought and Dust Bowl greatly impacted the farmers, whose animals and family choked to death. On the other hand, stockbrokers were doing excellent in the 1920s, as more people began to buy on credit. The economy was booming and the stockbrokers themselves earned money as they organized more stocks. In 1929, many banks closed when they could not provide people with their money. The economy affected many people throughout the 1920-1930.



Many farmers suffered in the 1920s, and the government did not want to help since they did not see it as their problem.
In the 1930s, however, the government organized the Agricultural Adjustment Act and the Civilian Conservation Corps, shown here, where young men planted trees and were given food, money, and a shelter.

African Americans

With a rise in the Ku Klux Klan in 1920, many African Americans were in danger and the government did nothing to stop it.
After President Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused to sign an anti lynching bill in the 1930s, many African Americans began to protest.

Both the farmers and African Americans saw a change through the 1920-1930. The farmers and African Americans were victims of the laissez-faire policy, where government had nothing to do with business. Government did not interfere with any group of people. Therefore, farmers and African Americans suffered in the 1920s. In the 1930s, both groups saw a change. However, farmers saw it more. Farmers went from suffering and poor, to getting money and a safe shelter. The government organized acts in order to help farmers and other young men. While African Americans saw not much of a change through role of government, the President appointed 100 African Americans to government posts. The role of government began to change for many people in the '30s.

Home Life


In the 1920s, many women became flappers and went out to speakeasies. There was an excitement after women gained the right to vote. Women spent less time at home cooking, and more time having fun.
In the 1930s, jobless women protested for their rights. Men viewed women as money grubbers who stole jobs from them. There was a reduced support for women's rights, so they began to demand equal treatment.

There was a significant change in home life for women throughout the 1920-1930. Women who lived in the city went out at night, cut their hair, and called themselves flappers. All they cared about was having fun. Furthermore, the 1920s itself was a time of fun and change for city women, but that all took a turn in the 1930s. All they gained was lost after men attacked them for taking jobs. Women had to adjust to their new life where they did not go to a job from day to day. Instead, they had to take care of their children and stay home. This alteration impacted the lives of many women who had been so happy and carefree the decade before. Home life changed for many women as they went into the 1930s.

Leisure Time

African Americans

In the 1920s, Harlem became a popular city for African Americans to express their talents. The many African Americans who showed off their musical, artistic, and poetic talents all contributed to the Harlem Renaissance.
In the 1930s, African Americans continued to use music to get through the time. Jazz was a popular form of music many African Americans listened to and wrote.


In the 1920s, it was very uncommon not to see women enjoying themselves and having fun. Many went to the movies, sports games, and played sports.
In the 1930s, not a lot of women continued to do the same things they used to. While they still went to the movies very often in order to lift their spirits, it was necessary for them to stay at home with their children while their husband went for look. They listened to FDR´s fireside chat in order to escape from their despair.

In the 1920s, there was a lot of different things people would do to occupy themselves. African Americans played music in the Harlem Renaissance, and many whites went to see their performances. Women became flappers and had fun. The 1920s was all about enjoying yourself, and that was what many people did. In the 1930s, many people tried to forget about the depression that was bringing them down. They went to movies that made them forget about the hard times, and African Americans resorted to jazz music. The jazz music had always thrived in adversity and symboliszed American freedom. Additionally, the jazz music was called upon to lift spirits in order to raise morals of a frightened country. Women continued to enjoy themselves by going to the movies, but most of their time was used to take care of their children. They listened to the Fireside Chat, a radio channel by FDR, where he comforted all who were listening. Leisure time, while it did not change dramatically for African Americans, was affected in relation to the Great Depression.

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