African Americans are listening to music in their free time. Their home life during the 1920s was better than ever before.
In the Great Depression, African Americans home life was much worse than the 1920s. They were disregarded by everyone, and they had a very hard life.
During the 1920s, not everyone was doing well. Farmers in the west struggled to make a living off of what they grew. Industry was taking over, and they were simply not needed anymore.
Throughout the Great Depression, farmer's life went from bad to worse. Since they were in a drought, the wind came and blew the topsoil away, causing a huge dust storm that tore through the west.
People’s lives saw an increase of income, fun, and many other improvements during the 1920s. But when the Great Depression hit, their lives went downhill. For example, farmers in the Great Depression faced the hardest challenges of everybody in the country. The Dust Bowl was upon them, and they could not grow any crops to feed their family. Also, African Americans saw their life improve during the 1920s, just to see it diminish again during the Depression. They were treated like garbage, and they could not do anything about it. These groups of people and many others saw a decrease in their life quality, and it continued until the late 1930s, when the Depression finally ended.
Over the course of the 1920s, African Americans spent their time either playing or listening to music. Here, a group of band members are playing a song to spend time and have some fun.
When the Great Depression hit in 1929, the time of fun was over for the African Americans. They now had to work long hours to earn low pay, if they even had a job.
In the 1920s, women showed their true colors and made an advancement on how people treated them. Here, a group of women are hanging out on the beach and having lots of fun.
As soon as the Depression struck America, women immediately reverted to their old self- cooking and caring for their family. This picture shows the expressions and feelings of a normal housewife, and how she looks almost tells a story in itself.
Between the 1920s and the 1930s, people’s idea of a fun time changed dramatically. In the 20s, people would listen to music, dance, or go out to clubs. But in the Depression, people settled for a cheaper option. They listen to the radio at home instead of at clubs, or they would go to a movie instead of a fancy restaurant. For example, women in the 1920s wanted to go out and show their dancing talents. But during the Depression, only the rich women were financially eligible. Also, African Americans had the best decade of their lives during the 20s, but that came to an abrupt halt during the Great Depression.
During the 1920s, bank owners were thriving. They made ton of money. As seen here, they were able to use that money to present themselves as rich, wealthy men.
In this picture, you see men lined up and looking desperate. They were struggling to buy necessities, never mind buy accessories. The economy was almost 100% to blame for this.
Here these stockbrokers are overwhelmed with costumers, and they are making an abundance of cash. Since everyone wanted stocks, these men were flourishing.
When the Depression caused the stock market to crash, many people scrambled to quickly sell their stocks. Here, stockbrokers are rapidly losing money.
When the economy crashed in 1929, businesses began to figure out how they were going to keep up their business. Most of them could not, leading to millions of business crashes across the U.S. This downturn left an even greater amount of Americans unemployed. Business owners typically lost everything, and could barely afford enough food for their family. Talk about one extreme to another! They went from too much money in the 1920s to not enough during the depression. The same happen to stockbrokers. They where overwhelmed with money during the 1920s, but when the Depression creeped up on them, everyone wanted to buy their stocks back. The brokers lost all their earnings and more, which led to extreme poverty within the U.S.