History Essay 2 - Katherine L. Kaidan HST 203 4/3/09 Essay...

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Katherine L. Kaidan 4/3/09 HST 203 Essay #2 During the 20 th Century, the United States underwent some of its most drastic and sudden events that truly tested the American citizens’ will to survive. Between becoming intertwined in one war right after another and the stock market crashing with the Great Depression that followed soon after, many families were torn apart or forced to move to find a better life away from the only home and way of life they have ever known. Husbands and sons were drafted into the army to be sent over to Europe for front line combat, leaving their wives alone taking care of all the children and to find some way to bring in money to live on, while farmers over planted their land to have more to sell, and it turned their once rich soil into an ashy dust that could no longer be used and were forced to move out west in search of new work. The United States entered in the 1920’s still involved in World War I, but life in America was anything but worrisome and hard. This era names the “Roaring Twenties” was full of life, music, and dancing. Jazz music had taken people by storm. This lively, fast paced music kept people having fun and their mind off the troubles the nation was having with the war. Women had abandoned the traditional poised Victorian lifestyle and were wearing short dresses, drinking at nightclubs, and going out dancing and having fun. They soon got the name “flappers” which meant “new breed”. This was also known as the “Ambivalent Decade. They wanted the promises of progress, but then pretended like nothing had changed. It was like they ‘wanted to have their cake, and eat it too’”. 1 This “euphoric” lifestyle was suddenly changed on October 24, 1929. The stock market crashed to an all time low level causing people to panic. The House of Morgan stepped in and gave a large sum of money to put the market back on its feet. But, by the following Tuesday, the market crashed once more, and no one could afford to save it this time. People spent what little money they had on chares of stock in hopes that the market would pick itself back up, but after some time, it was apparent that the market was not going to pick up any time soon, and no one could sell their share of stock for more than what they had purchased. With the marketing still at an all time low, and industries not being able to prosper, this brought on the age of the Great Depression. The impact of "Black Tuesday" led to bank failures because speculators who had borrowed from banks to buy their stocks could not repay the loans because they could not sell their stocks Banks, stores, and factories were closed and left millions of Americans jobless, homeless, and with no hope of obtaining any sort of. Many people came to depend on the government or charities to provide them with food, shelter, and money, but with so many seeking help, they ran out of resources quickly. Because people had no money to live in a house, “Shanty-towns” were created in the outskirts of major cities. These were “communities” of houses mad out of garbage, mud, pretty much anything that could make
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2010 for the course HST 4 taught by Professor Veit during the Spring '10 term at Michigan State University.

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History Essay 2 - Katherine L. Kaidan HST 203 4/3/09 Essay...

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