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Family Life in the 1930's

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Activities for 1930's Families
Families had many fun activities to do when they were bored or trying to kill time. A thing we don't usually do now, when we're bored, are having pie eating contests. They also like collecting stamps, visiting neighbors, playing Monopoly( invented in 1933). Adults would usually invite friends to play cards. Boys played Baseball, it being the most famous sport. Together, families liked going to the movies, and playing a friendly sport of miniature golf.
Daily Living
Children were expected to go to school, high school and often, college. Kids were expected to get good grades and to graduate. But many kids also worked in after-school jobs and full days on weekends to help their parents make a living on the farm.Meals were always sit down, at home, with the whole family present usually. Dinner time was shortly after Dad arrived home from work. Everyone stayed at the table through the meal and kids had to ask to "be excused"--to which the parent could say yes or no. During the meal, everyone shared what went on in each person's day.

Children's Roles
For millions of American children and teens the Great Depression brought years of hardship and heartache. Some kids went to school and others went to school for a little time, but had to drop out to help the family with money, so kids usually got a job or helped out in the farm to make some money. Some children even had to work in the factories which was badly conditoned. They usually worked 12 hours or more a day, making it 60 hours a week. They got home, ate, and the next day repeated the same thing.
Women's Roles
A lot of women in the 1930’s were employed.Most of the women who did have jobs were in working in factories or other low paying jobs.After a long day at work women were expected to come home and do everything that needs to be done in the house. They had to make sure that dinner was made for the whole family. They had to make sure that the house was clean. Women had many responsibilities at home and at work. They had to make sure they looked presentable for their husband even after a long day at work. Women were expected to be a housewife after work. It was up to the women to keep the family together more than ever.
Men's Roles
In the 1930’s, men were expected to work and earn a living for their family. The 1930’s was the era of the Great Depression. The man’s role in the depression was much more refined in this era.Some of the most common jobs of men of this era were construction workers, railroad workers, and coal miners. Typically many men were seen as railroad workers due to the insufficient quantity of employment positions. American males generally held the positions of teachers,coal miners,factory workers,construction workers,taxidermists and repairs workers.
Family Life in the 1930's
Then and Now
African American Families in 1930s
It was often difficult for black people to get work other than in very poorly paid jobs.They were the first to be laid off from their jobs, and they suffered from an unemployment rate two to three times that of whites. Overall, living conditions were not good for the black community. Women worked as cooks, in private homes and restaurants. Men worked in mines, factories, delivery boys,and carpenters. Those who went into actual professions, had to work in the black community. For black children, school wasn't very important, labor was. Black community schools didn't get the best teachers, education, or supplies.
Overall, from the 1930s to now, family life has changed significantly. From activities, to daily life, to gender roles, and to equal rights to every race. Of course now, we have much more technology and a more variety of things to do in life. Children's roles back then were very much different from now. Most children now, don't have to drop out of school and help the family with money. Most kids get their education and most families are decent with the money they have. Also, black families, now of course, have rights, and are able to vote and share everything with whites, etc. Whereas, back then, everything was separated for whites and for blacks.
Work Cited
Mintz, S.. N.p.. Web. 24 Feb 2014. <http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/learning_history/children_depression/depression_children_menu.cfm>.
Reinhardt, C., and B. Ganzel. N.p.. Web. 24 Feb 2014. <http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/life_20.html>.
. N.p.. Web. 24 Feb 2014. <http://www.history.com/topics/1930s>.
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