Hammerson Period 2
January 12, 2010
Essay: The 1920s and the 1930s
In the United States in the early 1920s, a new stage appeared with different movements in the areas of politics, economics, society, and foreign policies. By the events that led to the 1930s, new crazes had developed in many of these areas, while other areas remained in continuity. The 1920s began shortly after WWI when the United States and the Allies defeated the Germans. In 1918, many Americans were fed up with Woodrow Wilson who was the 28th president. The start of the new conservative era restored the power to the Republicans after the presidential election of the 1920. Socially, America did return to tradition in the 1930s. Many felt that the great depression of the 30s served as God’s punishment for the sinning of the 20s.
With the end of WWI and the stock stock market Crash">market crash followed the depression years. Americans entered the distinctive 1920s, which was an era of republican leadership, nationalistic, unlimited prosperity, while fear of radicals and foreigners combined to almost completely close off American to immigration and contributed to the resurgence of hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. The politics during the 1920s were Warren G. Harding who promised to “return to normal”; Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. The 19302 was referred to as the age of FDR, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, he was the dominant political presence of age, serving to reinspire faith after Hoover who was blamed for the stock market crash and subsequent depression. Roosevelt was almost successful in creating a new political alliance between the working class and the farmers.
The Great Depression Throughout the 1930's, the United States of America underwent its worst economic hardship ever. This struggle, known as the Great Depression, affected every aspect of American life. As the result of economic disparity brought on by the First World War and the great stock market crash of 1929, the depression sent America into a downward spiral into poverty. Businesses filed for ...
The United States economy experienced growth and expansion during the 1920s. Three factors fueled the economic growth were machines, factories, and the process of standardized mass production. These factors created a self-perpetuating cycle, it standardized mass production which led to better machinery in factories that led to higher production and higher wages, which then led to more production. New technology increased worker productivity; workers earned higher wages and became better consumers. The economic effects of the automobile promoted growth of other industries, it helped fuel the creation of a national system of highways. Economics dominated politics in 1930: FDR created many systems to better the United States but it didn’t affect the economy.
In 1920s, agricultural surplus became the chief agricultural issue and collapsed, and then there was the Great Depression. Farm production gradually grows from expanded use of mechanized power, and light tractors were developed. Truckers began to capture trade in perishables and dairy products. Overproduction in farming was the main cause of the Great Depression. Expenses rose faster than prices for farm goods and overproduction kept prices low. The Dust Bowl hits Midway, many “okies” from Oklahoma and “arkies” moved to California hoping there will be better job opportunity there. Demand for goods fell for durable goods. Supply of goods grows because of this, and mass production, workers were laid off so they couldn’t afford to buy goods.
In conclusion, the Great Depression began in 1929, the New York stock market crashed to an all time low, it was October 29 referred to as “Black Tuesday”. During the years from 1920-1939, the economy wasn’t doing so well. Over 400,000 Americans moved west in hope of finding a better job opportunity. Then about 1930, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became a miracle. He developed the New Deal that promoted lots of programs and acts that helped all Americans. For supported farmers they bought produce that was excess. From 1920-1939, the United States of America shaped up a lot in many different ways.
The term culture is one of the most widely used terms in modern language. Discuss the key debates surrounding different interpretations of the term and the relevance of these debates to analysing the mass media. What was once a celebrated art form, a human expression for ones desires, thoughts and feelings, something that was once held in great esteem by academics, philosophers and other high ...