World War 1 and World war 2

World War 1 and World war 2 - From the 1920's to early...

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From the 1920's to early 1950's, the meaning of freedom changed frequently. After World War I, before American entered World War II, the boundaries of freedom for different people expanded. Especially for women and blacks, the definition of freedom allowed them to experience life in different ways than they had before World War I. The years following World War I were very different than the ones leading up to it. Between the years of 1920 and 1953, America was undergoing many different changes in its society. Beginning with the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, moving into the New Deal Era, and finally the wartimes, the meaning of freedom changed frequently for the people living on the American land. The boundaries of peoples' freedoms changed as well. For the better or for the worse, due to changes in the American society and ways of life, people living in America during these 33 years experienced living differently than they had lived years prior to these. For blacks living in America during the 1920's, life was surprisingly getting better as well. Many of them migrated north seeking ways to prove their usefulness to society. Blacks united in ghettos, cities, and many ended up in Harlem which caused the sprouting of the Harlem Renaissance. This period in history was a time when Blacks showed their capabilities to the world. Black poets and novelists began revealing their talents, many ending up being published by white presses. White producers opened up opportunities to the Blacks in the theatre industry as well. Blacks also were beginning to be looked at like human begins, rather than salves to whites like they had been in the past. Then, the Great Depression hit America and it hit hard. It has been said that it was the greatest economic disaster known in history. About 40% of the American population lived in poverty. Businesses were unable to offer industrial freedom to their workers. The term social equality was destroyed because money was no longer being equally distributed. It was hard for
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Americans to express their individual freedom and enjoy their lives because there was no economic opportunity to do so. At this time, Hoover was the president and people did not believe he was doing his job to help the American people. When Roosevelt took office, he wanted to make it a goal to help the American people get back on their feet. With the horrible huge impact the Great Depression had on the American society, Roosevelt knew it was his job to make things better again. Unlike president Hoover, FDR believed it was the government's responsibility to guarantee economic stability and freedom for the citizens. The most important thing to do was rebuilding the people's faith and regains their trust in their democratic government. FDR set up many programs that opened up jobs to millions of people. The New Deal also allowed a high percentage of immigrant workers to own homes. Thousands of homes were being built and this allowed low-income families to gain some sort of individual freedom by being able to call
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This note was uploaded on 02/05/2012 for the course HST 240 taught by Professor Burses during the Spring '11 term at CUNY City.

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World War 1 and World war 2 - From the 1920's to early...

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