Bad Times of the 30s

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This essay highlights the misery and problems of the 1930s. It covers the upheaval caused by the stock market crash and the Dust Bowl.

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Rocio Hinojosa U.S. History 1919-1945 Historical Problems #2 Bad Times of the 30sThe United States was a country or productivity, prosperity, and peace during the 1920s. Every one had a job, a house, a car, and no worries. By 1928, with over 21 million cars on the roads, there was roughly one car for every six Americans (Gusmorino). No one expected that in a few short years almost every one would lose their jobs, people would lose their homes, or that dust would rain down on them like a summer storm. The world changed quickly for those unfortunate enough to have been alive in this time period of the Great Depression. The stock market collapsed, there were too many products on the market, the people believed the government did not care about the people of the nation, and every one was eating dust by the middle of the 1930s. After WWI America experienced a time of prosperity and peace, a golden age of sorts, the stock market was doing better than ever, the people were consuming products at a fast pace, and every one was making money it seemed. However, not everything was all-great with in the American economy. People were buying stock on margin, and purchasing shares on credit. The farmers were still producing as much as they had during the war and the prices were going down from so much produce and foodstuffs on the market. Of course, the government was not really helping much by passing the Hawley-Smoot tariff of 1930, which put a 60% tax rate on impor

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