Boom to Bust How life changed from the 1920's to the 1930's

From Fun to Work

In the 1920's women had more dresses to choose from and the time and money to pick them out. Dresses were sold in stores so they could spend the day shopping with their friends. After the market crashed, women did not have the time or money to go shopping. They had to work much harder just to make ends meet. This meant they baked their own bread and sewed their clothing.

Riches to Rags

Stock brokers had very nice homes when the stock market was booming. When the stock market crashed, the once wealthy stock brokers were broke. They had to sell everything, including their beautiful houses. Most ended up living in shacks like the one above; usually in a shantytown or hooverville.

In the 1920's many people were living the dream. Home life in the 1920's was very easy for women; there was money and free time. They had more dresses than ever before; also they were able to buy them at a store. However, once the crash hit life became harder; everyone struggled to make ends meet. Women were often forced to pick up extra things to do around the house. They started to sew their clothes, bake bread and can fruits and veggies. Stockbrokers were the wealthiest group leading up to the crash. They were the ones with the nice houses, fast and expensive cars, and the best "life" of the era. The crash hit them hardest. These stockbrokers were selling everything they could just to survive. Many had to move to Hoovervilles and rely on the goodness of others to give food to them.

Women use Movies to Escape

The 1920's were very fun for women; it was the age of the flappers. Many women wore short dresses, danced and flirted with men. By the 1930's women could not afford to go out, so they found a cheaper way to escape the harsh reality by going to the movies.

Drop of Class in a Flash

Stockbrokers in the Roaring 20's would dance with beautiful women and live a luxurious lifestyle. Once the crash hit, stockbrokers barely had enough money for food and are pictured here waiting in line for food.

Leisure in the 1920's was more fast, fun and club based. Women called themselves "Flappers" and would listen to music, dance, and flirt with men. They also wore short dresses. Once the stock market crashed, though, women could not afford a night out at the club. They settled for a night at the movies to escape the harsh realities of the outside world. Stockbrokers were the life of the party in the 1920’s. They would usually have a beautiful woman to dance with and arrive in a very nice, fast and expensive car. But along with the stock market their lifestyle crashed and it became impossible to keep the party going. They could not afford any of the previous luxuries; instead of waiting in line for drinks they were waiting in line for food.

Eleanor Roosevelt's Revolution

First ladies and officials' wives would never really be involved in politics; they would usually look good for the press and have tea parties. Once FDR took office, he couldn't do much since he was crippled. Eleanor Roosevelt, his wife, stepped up and went on many missions for her husband. Above is her visit to miners.

Out With Laissez Faire and in With The New Deal

Before the crash, the government supported Laissez Faire on businesses. This means they decided not to get involved with businesses. After the crash and during the depression, FDR came up with new deals to protect against future crashes, and gave the banks $2 billion to help relieve.

Before Eleanor Roosevelt was in office as first lady, first women were not expected to do much other than look good for the media and have tea parties with other official wives. Once FDR took office, so did Eleanor Roosevelt. FDR had been crippled by polio and could not do as many things as he wanted to do. So, he sent Eleanor to be his eyes and ears. She went on plenty of missions and changed the role of the first lady forever. Stockbrokers were free of government control since they fell into the business category, and the government had a Laissez Faire policy. This meant that government is not involved with businesses. After the crash, FDR got rid of the Laissez Faire policy and put his “New Deal” into effect. This helped the public know more about their stocks they own. Also, he helped relieve banks by giving them a holiday so that they could re organize after the run on the banks. Lastly, he gave $2 billion to the banks to help relieve them.

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