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Depression, Escapism, And Hope: The Story Of 1930s America

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Depression, Escapism, and Hope: The Story of 1930s America

Often, the 1930s are classified as the age of economic depression. Although true, the decade has proved to be a time of reform and hope. In the midwest a series of windstorms occurred accompanied by a harsh drought causing the Dust Bowl, while in the more industrialized north, citizens struggled to find jobs. From song lyrics to baseball cards, artifacts from the decade rejuvenated the once crushed spirits of the American people. However, not all Americans regained a sense of hope, and instead some resorted to toxic ways to ease their minds. Moreover, as the Great Depression trudged on through the 1930s, American citizens searched ...view middle of the document...

In February of 1936, Lange found herself on the road, traveling the most rural parts of California, searching for photographable moments amongst the masses of poor migrant workers. At the time, Lange worked for the Resettlement Administration, the group that assigned her the project. Later renamed the Farm Security Administration, the FSA “lent money to sharecroppers and set up camps for migrant workers.” Nearing the end of her trip, Lange impulsively stopped at a pea farm in Nipomo, California. There she encountered a young woman and her seven children: Lange recalled, “I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet.” Lange interviewed the woman who soon allowed her to photograph her situation. “She seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it,” Lange later stated. She took six photos of the woman, and her most famous, which depicted the woman slumping over while two of her children crouch behind her shoulders, is entitled “Migrant Mother”. On May 10, 1936 the photograph appeared in The San Francisco News as part of a campaign to end starvation within the weak pea picking community, due to the iced vegetables. Immediately after the advertisement was released, relief for the pea pickers was organized. However, “The picture has had a history beyond its original context within the FSA….” “Migrant Mother” has appeared on the U.S postal stamp as an image that defines the 1930s. Depicting the “widely felt nostalgia for a mythic American past,” the photograph brought the severe reality of the Great Depression to American citizens and to the government’s attention, causing many to be more conscientious of the ongoing economic struggle occurring nationwide. Despite years of the public’s oblivion as to the true identity of “Migrant Mother” due to her request to remain anonymous, a reporter tracked her down in 1978 and later interviewed her. After being asked if she had ever lost hope, Florence Owens Thompson responded: “If I’d’a lost hope, this country never would have made it.”
During the twentieth century alcoholism became a national concern, so Congress passed the Eighteenth amendment, implementing prohibition.Although ratified on January 16, 1916, the eighteenth amendment came into full effect on January 17, 1917. The amendment, as well as the Volstead Act, an act specifying the amendment, prohibited the intoxication, sale, and manufacture of alcohol, aside from religious and medical purposes. After proving to be an abysmal failure, creating a new and easily tapped source of income for individual criminals and more organized gangs, prohibition ended. Not only did prohibition create a high crime rate, the American public disliked it because alcohol was no longer legally available for recreational use. Congress repealed the amendment on December 5, 1933, forever affecting American culture and future debates relating to drug legalization. America boomed...

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