Hst 203 paper 2 - The greatest change in American life...

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The greatest change in American life between the 1920’s and the 1930’s was the income and wealth of the American people, and the general attitude of the American public. The 1920’s was filled with prosperity, hope, and happiness while the 1930’s was filled with depression, misery and anger. The employment rates were staggering in the 1920’s, and people were able to take care of themselves, whereas in the 1930’s people did not have two dimes to rub together. A time of happiness turned into a dark time. A series of unfortunate events led to the great change between the two decades. After World War I there was an economic boom making the 1920’s a prosperous decade. To many, the end of the war marked the beginning of a new era of American supremacy. In the late 1900’s factory production went up over a third, there was a huge drop in unemployment, and more Americans started moving into the middle class. These significant changes helped shaped the prosperous life of the 1920’s. The 1920’s was all about leisure, and an array of new inventions made the home life tremendously comfortable. Cars became extremely popular among families. By 1923 about two out of three families had a car in Muncie, Indiana. Some people even believed that a car was more necessary than food. One man in Middletown declared, “I’ll go without food before I’ll see us give up the car” (Lynds, “Middletown,” p.256). Having a car allowed more freedom of movement; however, some people did see this new fad as disruptive rather than beneficial. In the 1920’s money was the bottom line. Employers worked hard in order to make money to spend on the newest fad. They wanted new clothes, new electronic goods and new cars. Many of the workers had become detached from their jobs, and completed their work in a monotonous way. Many men had forgotten the meaning of having a job; they were strictly working for the money. The use of a car also influenced the habit of going on vacation, and attending the movies. Leisure was everything to the people of the 1920’s. People in the 1920’s had become greedy; they wanted to have their cake and eat it too.
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Once the industries figured out that the consumer was all about wanting what was new, their new goal was to always “keep the consumer dissatisfied.” Change is the only constant in a consumer society. Charles Kettering once said, “There are no places where anyone can sit and rest in an industrial situation. It is a question of change, change, change, all the time-and it is always going
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course HST 203 taught by Professor Stamm during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.

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