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Teenage Angst Meets Dismal Days Essay

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The dismal, dark times of the Great Depression left almost every citizen affected. Whether losing their job, falling sick to the dust bowl, or even losing life savings through failed banks, the Great Depression was the darkest time in American history. Overlooked, though, is a special group that often saved families during the “dirty thirties:” the American teenagers. Through handling school and being one of the only sources of income, the lives of the average teenager were quite different from those of today. Nevertheless, the teenage angst living now has roots far into American history. Teenagers living in the 1930’s had contrasting activities, but have instincts, which have not changed ...view middle of the document...

Holding picket signs, shouting, and missing school, teenagers fought their government for what they felt were injustices. These teenagers share the quality with those of today. It was pointed out by political scientists that the “Millennials,” or those born between 1982 and 2000 are the most politically active since the generations of the 1930’s and 40’s. Not only do we want to fight for what we most believe in, but we also show strong political opinions and a standard work ethic. Whether it is fighting for food, to the right to Internet freedom, teenagers are as politically engaged as possible.
Through technology, music has transformed in ways teenagers in the 1930’s could have never imagined. There were no battery powered music players back in the “dirty thirties,” only one simple tool of entertainment: the radio. Families would gather around the living room radio to enjoy music and shows in the evening after working or scavenging. While it may seem strange to have so few choices, some teenagers were too destitute to afford a radio at all. Without this luxgury, teenagers had to find their on ways to make music. Teens had similar instruments during the 1930’s such as the banjo, piano, and trumpet, but also improvised their own sets of drums out of old cans or whistles. Teenagers in the Great Depression had to be far more resourceful than teenagers today when it came to music. We have music at our fingertips whenever we could want, but those lost...

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