Boom To Bust Kaitlyn gorton

During the 1920s Americans across the Nation never expected anything at all like the Great Depression because they thought the booming stock market would increase more, instead of crash, but sadly things turned opposite in the 1930s and they went into the Great Depression. Millions of people became poor, starved, homeless, scared, and they did not know what to do. President Herbert Hoover did not help at all either. Instead he just made the crisis worse by not taking action and not fixing the problems everyone blamed him for.

Home Life

Americans scattered across the nation were wealthy or middle and working classes. The wealthy just kept on living and did not even notice a depression. The middle and working classes were making do and noticed the depression, yet some were generous and gave the poor food and most were disgusted at people giving them food. The people who lived on the dry farms started to inhale a ton of dust when the Dust Storm arrived. This storm led thousands of homes to be destroyed and people to catch illnesses, such as dust pneumonia. This led people to migrate out of the state and to California where it was not much better. They did this by riding the rails for “free.” The people who became unemployed lived in Hoovervilles with their family. These Hoovervilles were named after President Hoover when he did nothing to help the Citizens of America. They were made out of glass, metal, newspaper, and any other materials these people could gather. Sadly Hoovervilles were unsanitary and dirty allowing kids to catch illnesses. These people were so poor that they could not even afford food. From the lack of food they also had health issues, such as malnutrition. This caused death to many children and some adults.

The Dust Storm Of 1930s killed many and destroyed houses
People moved into Hoovervilles when they became unemployed and poor.
Americans waited in lines to get free food and coffee for the unemployed.
There was miles of Hoovervilles from the amount of unemployed in the Country.

Leisure Time

People were getting stressed and they had to get away from this crisis, so they went to the cinema, went out dancing, and huddle around the radio. Doing this got them away from the Great Depression and helped them get through it. On the radio Franklin D. Roosevelt talked like he was talking directly towards them and Americans started to feel a sense of hope. Having this hope people had faith that they will get threw the Great Depression.

People got away from the Great depression by going cinemas.
People got away from the Great Depression by going out to the clubs with their friends and dance.
People huddled around to listen to the radio to get away from The Great Depression.
People got away from the Great Depression by listening/playing music.


President Herbert Hoover told the bonus Army they would get paid $1,000. When the depression hit they marched for an early payment, but Hoover denied it and hid in the White house.The role of Government changed with the election of FDR. When they elected him they wanted someone in office who could ese their pain and suffering. The first 100 days FDR regulated business, helped farmers, pumped money into the economy, and put people on government payroll. He also closed all the banks across the Nation calling it the Bank Holiday.

People had to go out in order to search for jobs.
Families were struggling with no food and no homes, and parents became stressed because they had no way to support their children.
Kids had to go out too, to help get their parents job.
Farmers went so in debt that they had to be evacuated and sell all their products with a sale.

Role Of Government

When he did this he put in $2 million into the banks and when they reopened it, it helped people get on track. The 100 days did not end the great depression fully, but it brought the crisis down. When FDR became president he changed people’s ideas about what government owes its citizens.

Americans gathered around banks furious about the banks closing.
The Bonus Army marched for their $1,000 payment that President Hoover promised them.
FDR created the New Deal trying to stop the Great Depression. The New Deal did not fully stop the Great Depression but it did help it.
People became so broke that they had to sell everything they owned.
Hoovervilles were named after President Herbert Hoover because everyone believed he created the Great Depression.

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