The Great Depression was an economic depression that affected in many countries, lasting from 1929 to late 1930’s. During this period, unemployment in America was at an all time high, spiking from 3 million to 12 million. There were a select few who managed to keep their jobs, but pay cuts became a common problem for them, and businesses didn’t feel like taking risks that would get them bankrupt. Continue reading
The Roaring 20’s was a time period lasting from 1920 to 1930. It was a point where women in America broke many molds, and many people started doing things that would’ve been considered immoral years prior.
Around this time, women gained the right to vote, and get jobs alongside men. Culturally, the styles of hair and hobbies became edgier, but style wasn’t the only thing that changed. Everyone in this time had money to spend, and when they did, they’d spend it on similar items.
This time period was also a great period for technology, with new devices like radios surfacing. They became regular household items, with over 500 radio stations appearing in 1923. Near the end of this period, over an estimated 75% of Americans were going to theaters regularly. Also, the car Model T dropped to it’s lowest price, being $260, meaning it became more available to more people.
Despite the economic growth, it wasn’t all positive. The 18th Amendment had prohibited making alcohol, people still drank it. It became a point in time where people wanted alcohol more than ever, leading to the creation of underground taverns who smuggled beer.
World War I was a very bloody war, resulting in the deaths of many, and was nicknamed “War to end all wars”. However, the start of World War I can proved how an assassination can be taken too far.
It all started with the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand. His wife and him were killed on June 28, 1914. He was killed by a man named Gavrilo Princip, who was one of the 6 Serbian civilians who planned it. Franz was killed in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia. Austria-Hungary started annexing the country, despite it wanting to remain neutral. So many countries got sucked into this due to alliances. Continue reading
Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He was born in 1858 in New York. When he was young, he was diagnosed with debilitating asthma, and his father encouraged him to overcoming it by rigorous exercise. Roosevelt acted on this, finding a boxing coach who helped strengthen him, and he kept an exercise routine for all of his life.
At age 7, Roosevelt found a dead seal in a marketplace, and after acquiring the seal’s head, he and his cousins formed the Roosevelt Museum of Natural History. He fell in love with zoology, and studied further into taxidermy. Continue reading
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He was born in 1809 in Kentucky, however he didn’t stay there for his childhood, unlike most others. His father lost in a legal dispute, making him lose most of his land, and forced the Lincoln’s to move to Indiana.
He spent majority of his childhood on a frontier in the non-slave area of Indiana, and moved to Illinois in 1830. He moved out of his father’s house when he was 21, and participated in many wrestling matches, and made himself known for his brawn. He also later became a partner in a small general store. Continue reading
Henry Ford was a mechanic and a machinist who was born on July 30, 1863 in Michigan. Henry had 4 siblings and lived on a farm, to which his father expected to take over when he was older. As a child, Henry had a hobby of playing and tinkering around with machines. When his mother died, he went against his father’s expectations and moved to Detroit in 1869. Continue reading
As America slowly got increasingly powerful and more technically advanced, immigration to it started increasing in mass numbers. The US was on shaky footing after the Civil War, and it became a challenge to get back where it was originally standing. However, thanks to the Industrial Age in America, this challenge was easier than breathing air.
The Industrial Age also was very profitable, and the richer America got, the more immigrants it attracted. There are a slew of reasons for their immigration, but most of them came to America in search of a better life.
New York was one of the places immigrants would come in. New York has a harbor, which separated a lot of the land and made many islands. Ellis Island is one of them, and later was purchased by the federal government to become an immigration station.
The immigration station on Ellis Island was successful for 5 years, before all the buildings for it burned down, leaving many of the old immigration records nothing but ash. The government ordered a new building to be built, and ordered it to be fireproof.
This new immigration station was successful as well, documenting over 1.25 million immigrants in 1907.