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Of mice and men - Life during the 1920s-1930s

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Transcript of Of mice and men - Life during the 1920s-1930s

Of Mice and Men
Life during the 1920s-1930s Women's Rights (America)
1920s-1930s Race relations Context? Women during the 1920s were treated very differently to how they are treated today. The Great Depression also took its part in oppressing the rights of women in America.
They only received the right to vote in 1920 after the women's rights movement.
Even though they were legally 'equal' now as they could vote, they were still seen as inferior to the men.
They were thought to be the housewife, mother and carer and it was not easy for them to get decent jobs.
If they did manage to get jobs, they were often frowned upon as taking the jobs and the opportunity of money away from men. Women's rights continued Women with jobs were often pressured to give up their jobs for 'family men'.
Things still weren't equal as women had no protection and security in their job - they could be fired simply for being a woman.
Women were still discouraged from seeking higher education in many places and were not allowed in some schools.
When they could go to school it was rarely for professional degrees.
It was particularly difficult for African-American women as they were not just 'inferior' for being female but were also black and so white Americans at the time felt they they were entitled to even fewer rights than white women. There was a lot of racism towards the black Americans during the time of the Great Depression
They were seen as slaves by the USA and were often shipped to America to be slaves for families.
Segregation was a big problem for the black community in America
They were subject to bad facilities, hate from white Americans and lots of violence just because of their skin colour.
There were things such as the Jim Crow laws in place to limit the black citizens.
Groups such as the Ku Klux Klan were intent on making life very difficult for black Americans.
They practiced lynching and would go to extreme violence to try and achieve racial segregation and to ensure white supremacy. All of these things do relate to Of
Mice and Men.

We learn about how the character of Curley's wife would be treated by the woman's rights at the time.

We also learn about how the stable buck would have been treated and why since he is a black ranch worker.

Lennie comes into it also as he is one of the main characters and is looked after by George as he seems to have learning difficulties.

Learning these things about the way the different parts of society were treated during the years
1920-1930 helps to understand more about
the characters and their places in
society Mel Wright Jim Crow laws The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws in the United States enacted between 1876 and 1965.
They later used an idea of 'separate but equal' meaning that while the facilities and opportunities were equal, segregation was legal.
While it was equal by law, white Americans never fully enforced it.
Black Americans were legally allowed some rights but were never actually given them.
They were given worse health care, inadequate or no schooling, menial and low paying jobs, slower services and were often targets of discrimination. Learning difficulties People in minorities like people with learning difficulties were treated badly compared to the other citizens

The health care wasn't as good as it is today and so it was harder for them to properly know what was causing someones difficulties. Because of this, it also made it harder to treat.

They were given no help, extra care or allowance for their learning difficulties.

They would sometimes also be discriminated, looked down upon and generally 'bullied'. How have the conditions changed? Of course developments have been made since the 1920's and so things are not the same as they used to be. The Ku Klux Klan The Ku Klux Klan and their sacred
rutual the 'burning of the cross' How have the conditions changed?
Women's Rights Women are now entitled to more rights in the 21st century.
They are legally equal to men
They receive similar pay from jobs,
They have more chance at jobs,
There are female politicians and women in high paid, upstanding jobs
Women are also not so traditionally known as the housewife and the care of the house and the children are often shared between the man and woman in a family.
While the rights of women have become more equal to those of men, they are still not completely equal. They need to be enforced.
Not all opportunities are available to the women as well as the men.
Some men still believe that the woman's place is in the home and some women would agree but a majority of the women in America now work part-time or full-time jobs. Something that would have been very rare during the 1920s-1930s. How have the conditions changed?
Race relations Racism is still there in America, as in a lot of countries around the world, but it has decreased majorly and black Americans now have more rights in America.

Many amendments have been made to the American Constitution giving black Americans equal rights to vote, work and live.

The Civil Rights Movement caused a lot of progress to be made in favour of black American citizens.

Integration occurred all over America and facilities were opened to both white and black citizens.

Obviously opportunities have opened up more for black Americans as Barack Obama was voted and re-elected as President of the United States. How have the conditions changed?
Learning difficulties People with learning difficulties are much better off now.

The healthcare is better and so some difficulties are now treatable or at least can be helped in some way.
We have carers to help people with learning disabilities who are more knowledgeable in how to help them or how to treat them.
Society also seems more accepting for people with difficulties.

Some people still do discriminate against people with learning difficulties or disabilities but it is not as much as it used to be.
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