Life During the Depression (11.2). 2 (e-g): The key concepts of continuity and change , cause and effect, complexity, unity and diversity over time. 3e . Analyze ideas critical to the understanding of American history.
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change, cause and effect, complexity, unity and
diversity over time.
impact of the arts and
literature on the culture
of the United States.
events that turned Great Plains into the “Dust Bowl”:1) Farmers tilled up natural prairie grass that held the soil’s moisture and planted wheat 2) Crop prices dropped in 1920s Result: many farmers didn’t plant crops, leaving the land exposed
Effects of “Dust Bowl” on pop. in Midwest:1) farmers: lost fields and forced to move 2) Many people left Midwest and went to CA in search of a better life
Hollywood Factory Fantasy- Films made by Hollywood - Allowed people to forget about their stress/hardships of Depression for a few hrs. - (e.g. Snow White, King Kong, Wizard of Oz)
Radio - Made entertainment more personable- Created a new type of community (strangers found common ground discussing characters’ lives on the radio)
Literature & Photography1) John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath - portrayed daily life of GD2) Dorothea Lange & Margaret Bourke- White - showed through pictures daily life of GD
How ‘20s and ‘30s Different: - 1920s focused on both glamorous as well as the tragic- 1920s focused on the glory and disenchantment of society. - 1930s were more negative: focused on the hardships of society only