The Cause of The Great Depression:
In October of 1929, the New York Stock Exchange had a collapse of stock-market prices.
Important Dates:
1920- America became a consumer society.
1929 - The stock market crashed.
1932 - The U.S. maufacturing output fell to 54%.
1933 - 11,000 of 25,000 U.S. banks failed.
The Effect The Great Depression had on Citizens:
The Great Depression ruined thousands of individual investors which, strained banks and people or institutions that were holding stocks in their portfolios.
1. From Boom to Bust:
Life in the 1920s was full of exciting changes. Normal citizens had access to commercial radio broadcasts. For the first time people were buying ready made, exact-size clothing. They were drinking fresh orange juice all year. In the 1920s America became a consumer society. The economy in the 1920s was booming. Businesses prospered because production methods allowed manufacturers to make large profits. After the crash, unemployment rates increased drastically. People were kicked out of their homes because they couldn't afford to live there. The economy was terrible and banks and businesses failed.
During the Booming 1920s
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After the "Crash"

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2.The Dust Bowl Years
The Dust Bowl lasted about a decade and greatly affected the southern plains. The drought of the 1930s and the harmful farming habits caused the Dust Bowl. Because of the drought farmers would constantly plow and replow their lands to try and get their crops to grow. Constant replowing got rid of the top soil so when winds would come, the dry earth would form huge clouds of dust which would sweep over the land and sometimes even covered homesteads. Crops were ruined in the storms and the production of wheat was greatly reduced. In order for farmers to save their lands to keep from going bankrupt, they were often forced to sell their herds of cattle. The government would buy the starving cattle and slaughter them. Many people died from "dust pneumonia". In 1935 President Roosevelt ordered the Civilian Conservation Corps to plant 200 million trees from Canada to Abilene, Texas in hopes that the trees would help to keep the dust from flying and form a type of top soil. Black Sunday was the last major dust storm of 1935. The damage of that last storm was not calculated for months.
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3. Women
Before "The Crash"

During the 1920s, women's lives changed drastically. They began to do "men's work". They would work in factories and they basically recieved the same pay as men. Women were in the process of getting the right to vote.

During The Great Depression
Women during the great depression had to change the way they lived. They had to become thrifty in order to save money. They made things such as quilts out of old scrap pieces of material. Women often lost their jobs and they delt with discimination because they were viewed as taking away mens jobs. Often women had to quit their jobs to take care of their families. Womens roles in politics greatly increased during The Great Depression. Women often didn't get married because men couldn't afford a family. Men who were married often left their families in search of work and never came back.
After The Great Depression
Some women would cook, clean, sew, or teach for a living after The Great Depression, however, it seemed that a womans place was in the home taking care of their families. During the war however, women had to once again step in and take over mens jobs. Women in some states had been given the right to vote. Women often were involved in womens sufferage groups after The Great Depression.