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The 1920s and the Great Depression

Everything seemed new and exciting in the 1920s. Change often meant progress, including improvements in daily life. Many Hoosiers now had radios, flush toilets, cars, telephones, sewing machines and fancy stores jammed with enticing goods. But the changes also threatened traditional ways.

The "Roaring 20s" followed a decade of contradictions, beginning with a golden age of the arts and closing with "a war to end all wars." The second decade of the 20th century truly encompassed both the best of times and the worst of times.

Hoosiers of the generation that grew up during the 1930s never forgot the worst economic depression in American history. There had been hard times before, all the way back to pioneer days. But the Great Depression of the 1930s was something different – for Indiana and for the country.

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Related Indiana Academic Standards for Social Studies (2014)

Grade 4: 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.17, 1.18, 2.7, 4.7
USH: 3.6, 3.9, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9, 5.7, 5.8