American Culture and Lifestyle During The Great Depression

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The Great Depression was one of the most important historical events that has happened within the last century that impacted every Americans life one way or another. There were many factors that could be an explanation of why The Great Depression happened, but there is no one definitive list of the reasons of what caused The Great Depression. It was a mixture of events in the United States and outside of it that probably led to this period of time to happen. The main reason that everyone could agree on was the event of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Because of The Crash, it made people go on a bank run which made thousands of banks to close because they simply did not have all the money for all the people wanting to withdraw their savings. Because everyone was trying to take their savings out, most people were turned down by the bank and essentially lost of their savings in the bank. The banks were failing and because they had no more money left, this stopped the banks from having available credit for people to use which made matters even worse for the people. This leads people to poverty and were left with nothing. Because people were poor and were scared of spending their money now, it made people stop buying extra things that weren't essential to live. This was the cause of the unemployment rates during this time period because if no one was buying anything, then there was no reason to keep extra workers for things people are not buying. In addition to all the things happening within the United States of America, the Tariff Act of 1930, or the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which increased the tariff rates on almost everything that was imported from other countries to an extremely high percentage which led to less trade between the... ... middle of paper ... ...involve everyone. They could get away from all the troubles and turmoils they have to deal with the economy. Another way the family could get together for entertainment was with the radio. If someone could afford the radio, it was well worth the money because then it would be almost an endless supply of entertainment. With the radio there was always music being played but there was other programs on the radio for people to listen to as well. There were comedians that would broadcast over the radio for everyone. The women were able to listen to soap operas and the rest of the family could listen to famous stories such as The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet. And the men would listen to sports games. Works Cited Gup, Ted. A Secret Gift: how one man's kindess--and a trove of letters--revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression. New York: Penguin press, 2010

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