Effects Of The Great Depression Of The 1920 ' S

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The early to mid 20th century brought forth an America submerged in modernism, advanced technology, reformed social views, and in the 1920’s a skyrocketing economy. However, this time was also plagued by 2 high fatality wars, development of extremely dangerous weapons, ill treatment of people brought on by fear, the Great Depression, and some government policies that eventually failed. The first 45 years of the 1900’s were marked by irregular and exceptionally large shifts in culture and technology that the beginning of the century is completely disparate from the middle of the century. One government policy that failed was Prohibition, which illegalized alcohol and intended for illegal behavior and violence in drunks to dissipate.…show more content…
The creation of the atom bomb was not only a huge leap for technology but also changed international interaction, strength in a country wasn’t dependent on just how large, rich or how many troops it had, even with few atomic bombs the smallest country had immense power. With little to no way to stop this type of bomb, citizens of the world are at the mercy of whoever wields this powerful weapon, it notes that for the first time “the human race had… the means to destroy itself.” (Rhodes) While not immediately dangerous, the Great Depression took a toll on the way Americans’ lived their lives. Due to consumerism and risky stock market strategies, after the economy of the Roaring Twenties and WWI, rural Americans moved to the cites and the agricultural industry started to fail which was a major cause of the Great Depression, along with irresponsible bank structure. Life during this 10 year period of poor economy was tragic for nearly everyone, “three years after the crash, near thirty million Americans had lost their source of income…” (Gregory) Since most families did not have a source of income, they were forced to live in horrible conditions, starving themselves, and being unable to pay for many common necessities. Technological advances during this time produced essentials we use today: the atom bomb, computer technology, and the radio were some important inventions, but among
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