Everyday Life during the Depression. Though no two people had the same understanding of the Depression, everyone felt challenged and changed by the experience. By 1932, three years after the initial crash, near thirty million Americans had lost their source of income, from unemployment or loss of a family breadwinner.
Also, how did people entertain themselves in the 1930s?
The American people in the 1930s and 1940s were no exception. They enjoyed many forms of entertainment, particularly if they could do so inexpensively. With the addition of sound, movies became increasingly popular. Comedies, gangster movies, and musicals helped people forget their troubles.
Why were movies and the radio so popular in the 1930s?
Many films still highly cherished today were created during the 1920s. Comedies were popular films in the 1930s. A good laugh eased the mind and brought joy in a time of adversity. Towards the late 1930s, films that showed how America was fighting against the Great Depression became popular as well.
How were people affected by the Great Depression?
In 1933, the average family income had dropped to $1,500, 40 percent less than the 1929 average family income of $2,300. Millions of families lost their savings as numerous banks collapsed in the early 1930s. Both working-class and middle-class families were drastically affected by the Depression.