By the 1930s money was scarce because of the depression, so people did what they could
to make their lives happy. Movies were hot, parlor games and board games were popular.
People gathered around radios to listen to everything. People danced to the big bands.
Franklin Roosevelt influenced Americans with his Fireside Chats. The golden age of the
mystery novel continued as people escaped into books. Many different problems
branched off from the great depression socially, economically, and politically.
The great depression began around the 1930’s and ended near the late 1930’s.
These few years brought many difficulties to the people who lived through them. Many
jobs would be lost due to this tragedy. What was once called the land of dreams, turned
into a nightmare. Many workers who had jobs in the big city would lose them and move
out in the crop fields and become farmers mostly. Some people actually lost everything
and just faded out right after becoming unemployed. Almost 30% of the people during
the great depression were unemployed. However this was also not a good look for the
farmlands and the farmers. Once thousands of people moved into the farmlands, what
was once pretty grasslands was turned into cultivated fields. The rich soil lost its ability
to retain moisture and nutrients and began to erode. Since so many people moved into the
farmlands and become migrant workers, the original farmers became very poor due to
loss of land and crops. So they would move out into California and hope to find work
there. Some places they would set up little dirty towns for the farm working community.
Believe it or not, many of these communities were more populated than some normal
towns. There were also some ways people tried to stay out of the farming business.
Franklin Roosevelt influenced Americans to build roads throughout the city area and
throughout areas around the city. This gave thousands of men jobs and also helped them
financially because the money that they got was from the government. The roads that
they built were helping the government with transportation for all of the unemployed.
This idea worked very very well and became one of the major turning points in the
Art and architecture were also very big priorities during the great depression.
Many artists were creating many beautiful masterpieces that are millions today. However
most art that would have been famous today, was completely dominated from the great
depression just like everything else. The “public works of art project” and the “federal art
project” employed some artists during the great depression. These two projects were
created by the government in order to maybe get some artist back on there feet to sell
more art and to have the art go up in price more and more. Most art in the 1930’s portray
live in the towns and life in the city around that time. You could also see how the
paintings were very poorly kept and almost impossible to keep. It’s a shame how we
could have had so many more famous paintings that were lost in the sadness of the great
depression. Some really famous art that was created during the 1930’s was mount
Rushmore and some very popular buildings today. The Chrysler building was created
during the great depression. This building in New York stands at 1046-ft tall and 77 floor
high, which gives it a great over look of the big apple. Another very famous building that
was created in the great depression was the Empire state Building. This 1,453-foot
colossus building is 102 floors tall and was also created in 1930 and became a tourist’s
magnet. It is still one of the tallest buildings in the United States today.art during the
great depression sells now at over 1,000,000 dollars. As to when it was first made and
was only 3 dollars. The art of the great depression helps people today understand the way
people felt and the way people lived back then. Art helps a major part of today learn more
Some education was very important throughout the great depression.the 1930's
were a hard time for public education. With no money with short supply, parents were
unable to provide their children with the necessary clothes, supplies, and textbooks to
attend school. Taxes, especially in rural areas, were unpaid. With the loss of revenue,
school boards were forced to try numerous strategies to keep their districts operating.
Many kids went without education for a long time during the great depression. Teacher’s
salaries were cut, and most teachers were paid $40 for a whole 5-year teaching fee. When
kids were not in school and teachers were unemployed, a illustrated book came out
called “the dick and Jane stories” . This novel would help children to read and write and
everything else in-between from 1930 to the late 1950’s. it was almost like a substitute
teacher for millions of children in the U.S. "Dick and Jane" books have been read like a
welcome for school children who lived through the Great Depression and World War II.
It was almost as if it was sugar coating the truth for the kids. Some kids would actually
have to be taught by their parents and relatives for quite awhile. The children of the great
depression had it hard for a very long time. Education was scarce and many kids were not
getting the education that they needed. However people prevail and come up with
strategies in order to keep the world going.
Fads and fashion was coming along very strong in the great depression. Many
new clothing lines were created and normal clothing wasn’t even a word. A new fad such
as cars and stamp collecting was also extremely big. With the reduction of spendable
income, people had to look to inexpensive leisure pursuits. President Roosevelt helped
make stamp collecting a popular hobby for many people during the great depression.
Many board games that we play today were created in the great depression such as
monopoly. Monopoly board games sold 20 thousand sets within a week of coming out.
This was only one of the popular board games to have come out around that time period.
Like the selling’s of board games , gambling grew as well. Gambling increased as people
sought any means to add to the income. Between 1930 and 1939 horse racing became
legal in 15 more states bringing the total to 21. Interest in sports such as baseball grew
and football as well. Sports were a major fad for men during the great depression. It was
one of the things that really helped keep peoples hopes up and there lives interesting.
Betting was not only on horse racing but on spots as well. It was a bad thing for some
people and a beginning of a new life for others. People would win plenty of money to
start their carrier over and some lost all, and were never apart of anything ever again. For
women, the clothes is what sparked their interest the most. Fashions became too
expensive for all but the extremely rich, and American designers came into their own.
Famous Hollywood actors and actresses would bring about clothing fashion to many
people. Fads and fashions were very important and popular during the great depression.
The great depression served as a Turing point in the history of the U.S. many
people lost valuable lives as well as all of their money. Nobody or nothing was the same
anymore. However, people always find a way to prevail and so they did. Strategies were
created for each case of problems. Education, politics, economics’ and others were
affected so much by the great depression. Life has its own way of sorting things out and
so it did and ever since then people don’t take everything for granted and people are
always thankful for what they got and never for what they once had.