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Southern Culture in the 1930s

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Joey Bochicchio

on 9 April 2013

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Southern Life in the 1930s Music Southern music in the 1930's was mostly about American life. Instruments like the banjo, fiddle, and guitar were used. Music was always changing, as it still is today. Social Classes There were three social classes in the south; the upper class, middle class, and lower class. The upper class was comprised of planters, successful salespeople, and people with certain professions. The middle class held farmers and small factory owners. The lower class contained sharecropppers and mill workers. by Austin Dickinson
and Joey Bochicchio Living Conditions Money was scarce because of the Great Depression. People spent little money on leisure. The Radio The radio became very popular in the1930's. By the end of the decade, approximately 80% of Americans owned a radio. Discrimination People in the 1930's still discriminated people of different races. It had not been very long after the Civil War, which won the freedom of slaves. People were still adjusting to the change of cultures. This adjusting was carried on for about 30 more years. Interesting Facts In 1930-39 the average gallon of gas was priced at 10 cents. In 1930 the average income per year was $1,970. An expensive hat would be priced at approximately 3 dollars. In 1931, the "Star Spangled Banner" became our national Anthem Farmland In the south there were many more farmers than we have today. They didn't have any genetically engineered plants that grow more efficiently or any giant silos that do all the backwork. The farmland is what people relied on, not a grocery store. People grow gardens now because they want to. People grew crops then because they had to. The Dust Bowl The Dust Bowl was a huge drought that came along with the Great Depression. It impacted the Southern Plains of The United States the most. It started in 1930 and as the decade came to an ending, so did the terrible drought. The drought had an impact on food production, which also had an impact on the American people.
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