Monday, March 28, 2011

Mohammad Aali, Mohammad Issa- The Great Depression

Life in the 1930’s In the 1930s it was a time of the Great Depression. The Great Depression was an economic slump in North America caused by the stock market collapse. The United States economy had gone into a depression six months earlier. In the United States, for three years stocks dropped twenty percent of their value from 1929. By 1933 eleven thousand of the United States’ 25,000 banks have failed. The failure of so many banks caused people to lose confidence in the economy, which led to reduced spending, which caused Manufacturers to stop producing. U.S. Manufacturing had dropped fifty four percent by 1929. The unemployment had risen between twelve and fifteen million workers. The economic distress led the election of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt to the presidency in late 1932. Franklin Roosevelt introduced a number of changes in the structure of the American Economy. About the Great Depression." Welcome to English « Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois. Web. 28 Mar. 2011. .

A.J. && Nick - Entertainment

Entertainment in the 1930’s In the 1930’s people were experiencing a lot of hardships in their daily lives. The Great Depression was a big problem for many people. Many people in America in the 1930’s did not work because of The Great Depression. A lot of people did a lot of work that was not paid by the government. A main source of work for people who did not have jobs was the entertainment industry. This was a good industry because Americans will spend money on entertainment. The most popular entertainment of the 1930’s was the hit musical called “Gone with the Wind”. They preferred the entertainment industry because it could be done very inexpensively but the people who performed made money to meet their daily needs. Back then Radio was widely popular. Comedies, gangster movies, and musicals helped people forget their troubles of their daily lives. Also in the 1930’s many famous entertainment artists were exposed such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller popular bandleaders. In the 1940s, the bands started to break up, and band singers like Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan went out on their own.

Ashley and caitlin- Fashion

Time in the 1930s The 1930s is an interesting period, both stylistically and historically. Of course history, fashion and style are all integrally related. Generally fashions of the 1930s are thought of as glamorous and sensuous. This is the era of the big bands, dancing and night life. The dresses are long and elegant, evening gowns were often backless and importantly there develops a very distinct difference between daywear and evening wear. Hollywood and the movies also begin to be very influential to the fashion industry as people wanted to wear the styles they had seen on the screen. A group of evening dresses found in the shop brings to mind the same idea of woman in motion. A handful of long, wide-skirted, colorful gowns of chiffon and other lightweight materials fairly scream "tango," instantly bringing to mind the South American dances popular in the mid-thirties. Cut satin evening dresses, from another cache of gowns, epitomize the streamlined design of the era. Clothing styles were less extravagant for the most part during the 1930s. Some of the more affluent type of dress was presented by models in issues of the women’s magazine Good Housekeeping. Models in some of the photos displayed simple yet feminine outfits of two-piece V-neck cardigan, simple blouse, and button-down wrap skirts. By Ashley Vega & Caitlin Flynn

matt and mike-inflation/sports

If you had 1 billion dollars in the 1930s it would be worth 12 billion now. In the 1930s a nes house cost about 7 thousand dollars. Gas in the 1903s was 10 cents per gallon by 1939 it still stayed the same. Cars in the 1903s cost about 6 hundred dollars and by 1939 was about 700 dolllars. Steak in the 1938 was 20 cents a pound and today its 11 dollars. Single vision glasses were about 4 dollars and now there about 100 to 400 dollars for glasses. Howard deluxe Quality silk line hat in the 1930s was about 3 to 4 dollars but now there about 2 hundred dollars.
In the nineteen 1930s base ball player wagers were cut because of the great depression. Lou Gehrig was the highest paid baseball player during the depression. Boxing and baseball were the most popular sports during the nineteen 1930s, but then basketball and football sonly grew over those sports. Sports in the 1930s became more commercialized during the 1930s. In the nineteen thirty’s radios were used mostly for sports other than t.v. because t.v.’s where very expensive back in the nineteen thirty’s, but people thought the price of it would drop but it didn’t it rose over hundreds of dollars.

Diamond && Antuan - Slang

Slang in the 1930’s Slang is a vernacular vocabulary not generally acceptable in formal usage it’s the non-standard use of words and sometimes the creation of new words or importation of words from another language. It’s often particular to a brief period of time, with common usage ranging from decades to only a few months. Therefore words which are widely used and understood at one time don’t have the same meanings later. For example, a good thing may have been "swell" in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and "groovy" in the 1960s, and "cool" in the 1970s. The early 1930s were chaotic years in the United States. The Wall Street stock-market crash of 1929 precipitated the Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in the history of the United States. The depression had devastating effects on the country. The stock market was in shambles. Many banks couldn't continue to operate. Farmers fell into bankruptcy. A quarter of the working force, or 13 million people, were unemployed in 1932, and this was only the beginning. The depression lasted over a decade, with hundreds of thousands of Americans losing their jobs, businesses failing, and financial institutions collapsing. Much slang from the era comes out as a response to the Great Depression: from words referring to President Herbert Hoover, to Okies fleeing the Dust Bowl, to Apple Annies trying to make ends meet. When Franklin D. Roosevelt became president in 1932, Americans talked of a New Deal and its slew of programs, known by their initials. Slang and the 1930s." American Studies @ The University of Virginia. Web. 28 Mar. 2011.

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Mr. Wartman- TKAM/1930's Research Project

Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel deeply tied to the period of the 1930’s. Because we are so removed from that time period, before reading, we are going to conduct some research. Working in partners, you are to research an aspect of life in America during the 1930’s. I have given you a sheet of possible topics, but if you would like to do something different, that would be great; just ask me to approve your topic before you begin researching it. Once you have researched your topic, you are to write a couple of paragraphs (at least 200 words) describing your topic. Cite your sources in your paragraphs. Also include the necessary works cited list at the end of your paragraphs. Don’t create a separate works cited page (like we did on our how to papers); just put the citations at the end of your write up. Do all of this using Microsoft Word. Once you have completed your research and paragraphs, you need to post your paragraphs on the class blog. Copy and paste the word document into the blog editor. The title needs to be your name and the topic of the post, so it should be something like “Mr. Wartman- TKAM/1930’s Research Project.” After you and your partner have posted your paragraphs, the two of you need to read your classmates’ posts and write a comment on your favorite post explaining why it was your favorite blog entry. You will be required to use this blog again as we continue reading To Kill A Mockingbird; it is imperative that you fully understand how to read an entry, post an entry, and comment on an entry by the end of this activity because you will have to do this without my assistance.