Prohibition began at the start of the 1920s. It was not well enforced, and actually caused a rise in crime. Bootlegging and speakeasies were both ways that people continued to get their alcohol. People also started to build their own stills. Prohibition created a disrespect for the law, and contributed to organized crime.*

During this time workers were making more money, and so people spent more. Cars, vacuum cleaners, and electric appliances became common; nevertheless the prosperity didn't last
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October 29, 1929

Black Tuesday was the day that the New York Stock Exchange crashed. Throughout the '20s people invested heavily in the stock market, some borrowing money to by expensive stocks thinking that the price would continue to go up and they could make a profit. When the market crashed, these people went bankrupt. This was the beginning of the great depression.


During the '30s there was a time called the dust bowl years. During this time the drought caused a large number of dust storms that carried away the topsoil of acres and acres of farmland. The last, and hardest, storm of the dust bowl came on April 14, 1935, also called Black Sunday.