King Kong was one of the movies made during the 1930s with the goal to take the audience to another world, distracting them from the present.
A Family Listening to a Radio Story
Radio use in the Great Depression substituted the cinema, as it was free and had all sorts of programs to listen to.
Jazz was made famous by African Americans
Home life is a rather odd aspect of the 20s, as it had sort of split in half between modernists and traditionalists. The two groups taught different ways; Traditionalists would respect religion deeply and follow customs, well modernists would rebel against traditionalists and follow newer, modern beliefs. There were some valuable innovations to the 20s, such as the washing machine which cleaned clothes faster. Women’s rights had began during the 20s, with the 19th amendment allowing women to vote. Not all was well unfortunately. Farmers and African Americans were beginning to suffer, losing money and jobs due to large amounts of surplus. When the 30s came, not all Americans could afford to keep their homes and jobs. This became quite difficult for African Americans, who suffered under racism, and women, specifically widows, which were seen stealing a “man’s job”. There were wealthy families that weren’t affected by the depression, but the middle and the working classes had to adjust to change. They attempted to spend less money, they would make their own clothes rather than purchasing, and their average lives were impacted in a way that would most likely affect them forever. The poor were jobless, lived in hoovervilles, and sometimes rode the rails to try and find a better home.
A radio in the 1920s, one of the new household items which would provide entertainment through the 1930s.
Farmers' Unfortunate Lifes During the 20s
This farming family is already beginning to suffer during the 1920s before the depression hits. It shows some hardships and the extra crops grown (in this case potatoes) that would become surplus.
Boys Hopping a Train
Those who could not afford to live in the same place often hoped on Freight Trains illegally in hope that the destination would have a better life.