Lesson Of The Piano Lesson

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The Great Depression was a long lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. It all began after the stock market crashed in October of 1929. The crash sent Wall Street into a total panic that wiped out millions of investors around the country. Through out the next several years, a lot of consumer spending and investments dropped dramatically which caused huge levels of unemployment and many companies laid off their workers. By 1933 the Great Depression hit it all time low. About 13 to 15 million Americans were unemployed and roughly half of the country’s banks had failed. In “The Piano Lesson” a play that is set in the 1930’s, the characters were somewhat affected by the taking of the Great Depression. During…show more content…
It wasn’t their responsibility to create jobs or provide economic relief for its citizens. In 1932, although the country was in its depth of the Great Depression with 13-15 million unemployed citizens Franklin D. Roosevelt won by an overwhelming victory in the presidential election. FDR gave of a very calm and optimism energy and by inauguration day he ordered all remaining banks to close at the end of the fourth wave a banking panics. As president, Roosevelt took immediate action and addressed the economic downfall. His first announcement was a four-day “bank holiday”. All banks would close so that the Congress can pass reform legislation and reopen banks with the potential of not going into panic. FDR restored public confidence by speaking directly to the public. His administration passed legislation that aimed to stabilize industrial and agricultural production in his first 100 days in office. Roosevelt aimed to change the financial system by creating a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which would protect depositors’ accounts to regulate the stock market and prevent any abuses like the kind that led to the crash of…show more content…
Their feud is over a precious family heirloom, a piano carved with pictures of their great ancestors, which were crafted by their enslaved grandfather. The Great Depression gives a historical backdrop to the play. The Great Depression and Great Migration brought many blacks north to industrial cities like Pittsburg in search of jobs. Boy Willie who wants to sell the piano that Berniece keeps in her living room, to buy land and grow crops of his own. Berniece on the other hand does not want Boy Willie to sell the piano because of its meaning to their family although it can help them get out of their current living situation. Berniece works as a house cleaner meanwhile Boy Willie and Lymon sells watermelons to meet their financial goal to buy the
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