Family Life in the 1930s

  • Stock Market Crash' As more people invested in the stock market, stock prices began to rise. This was first noticeable in 1925. Stock prices then bobbed up and down throughout 1925 and 1926, followed by a strong upward trend in 1927.
  • Great Depression
    The Great Depression is an immense tragedy that placed millions of Americans out of work, was the beginning of government involvement in the economy and in society as a whole.
  • The Dust Bowl' >Dust Bowl</a>The most visible evidence of how dry the 1930s became was the dust storm. Tons of topsoil were blown off barren fields and carried in storm clouds for hundreds of miles.
  • Entertainment' >Entertainment</a>When they weren't working, families found time to have fun, with neighbors, friends, relatives and each other. With little money to spend on entertainment, families enjoyed new board games such as "Monopoly" and "Scrabble" which were first sold during the 1930s.
  • Health' >Health</a>Health care in the 1930’s was very primitive. There were no antibiotics, no cures for most diseases, and a person usually lived or died without the help of medicine. Needless to say, only the most robust made it through to old age.
  • Housing

    Houses were small, and the ones that had electicty used it rarely. there were no TVs. radios was their entertainment. most houses consisted of a few bedrooms, a bathroom or two, a kitchen, and something similar to a living room.
  • LIfe Expectencies

    A man could expect to live to be 58 and a woman to 62.
  • Schooling

    During the 1930s about one-half of all children went to school in rural areas, where the proportion of children to adults was higher than in the cities.
  • Hoovervilles' >Hoovervilles</a>"Hooverville" became a common term for shacktowns and homeless encampments during the Great Depression.
  • Child Labor

    Children were forced to work long hours to provide food for their families. Most kids worked in sweatshops with long hours and very poor pay.