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Cinderella Man And The Great Depression

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The Nineteen Twenties were an alluring, yet laborious, time for The United States as the country faced the Roaring Twenties, Great Depression and New Deal. Before the Great Depression, the United States have been a time of prosperity and originality. Products were affordable and Americans were living comfortably. Once Nineteen Twenty Nine arrived, the stock market had crashed, unemployment was at a new high, and millions of citizens were losing great deals of money. Fortunately, the New Deal, created by Franklin D. Roosevelt, was a solution to the poverty and distress of the nation. Relief, Recovery, and Reforms, the three aspects of the New Deal, gave Americans a resolution to the hardships of the Great Depression. The roaring Twenties,…show more content…
James Braddock, likewise, was an exceptional boxer and made a good income before the unfortunate and unexpected Great Depression hit. Braddock’s prosperity at the beginning of the film mirrored life during the Roaring Twenties and provided examples of the lifestyle and economic success of families in the Nineteen Twenties. In Cinderella Man, James Braddock and his family demonstrate that the Great Depression was a tough time of unemployment and bankruptcy. On October Twenty Ninth, Nineteen Twenty Nine, the stock market crashed, leaving millions of the United States with little, to no money left in their pockets. Not only that, but the employment rate went up to twenty five percent, making it difficult for poverty-stricken people to find well needed jobs. It was challenging for anyone to provide for their family or put food on the table everyday. Many families ended up in “hoovervilles,” which were shantytowns that accommodated the homeless. Most hoovervilles were particularly dangerous. In relation, James Braddock in Cinderella Man, loses his children once the Great Depression hits, because he can not afford to keep them fed and cared for. James and his family has to move to a poor neighborhood because he could no longer afford his house. To try and provide for his family and find income, James Braddock works at the docks where only a few men get picked each day to do strenuous work for low amounts of money. He pursues the job, even with a
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