Migrant Mother

The “Migrant Mother” photo is one of the most famous pictures during the Great Depression.  It expresses the whole situation during the depression. Sadness, loneliness, worry, and hunger.  This picture could be taken anywhere during the Great Depression and it would show the exact same things going on.  This picture describes that time period.

This photo shows many different things such as loneliness, sadness, worry, starvation, and wonder.  Sadness describes the photo because everyone is jobless and starving and maybe missing their husband who is trying to find a job.  The “Migrant Mother” photo also shows the wonder and curiosity of when everything is going to get better.  They’re wishing for the best to come soon.  And of course, hunger.  The kids are looking for there mom for comfort to try and hide the hunger and sadness they’re going through.

This picture is shown to support US social problems during the Great Depression because the message they are trying to get across is to help solve the poverty.  Its smart to use this photo because there is a lot of sympathy by seeing the children so upset and mother trying to comfort them.  This photo also shows that the mother can’t do anything without help from others such as the Government.  Its smart propaganda towards other because it makes you feel bad and want to help.  I wish the government at that time could’ve helped faster.

The Migrant Mother Picture. (2013). Migrant Mother. Retrieved from http://www.artnet.com/auctions/artists/dorothea-lange/migrant-mother-nipomo-california


The Great Depression and the Great Recession

The Great Depression and the Great Recession were both an economic downfall.  The Great Depression was worse in the way that many starved and died from it, everything was “depressing”.  The Great Recession was when it went from a boom to a bust.  The leaders of both the Great Depression and Recession thought that these economic downfalls would solve themselves, they were wrong.  They were both an economic phenomenon but are different in some different ways (Forbes, 2013.)

The Depression and Recession are similar in many ways.  First, both had a lot of job loss.  Second, many job shortages with companies.  Third, a falling income that lead to poverty.  Those were the three major similarities.

There were also differences between the Depression and the Recession.  The Great Depression led to death of many but the recession just led to a lot of poverty.  The Great Depression was also in a total different time period compared to the recession.  The Depression was just all around excruciating, people were suffering and there was no help for a long period of time.

Forbes. (2013). The Great Depression. Retrieved from  http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2011/11/08/how-does-the-current-economic-recession-compare-to-the-great-depression/

The State of Working America. (2013). Great Recession. Retrieved from  http://stateofworkingamerica.org/great-recession/other-fallout/

How Stuff Works. (2013). The Great Recession. Retrieved from http://stateofworkingamerica.org/great-recession/other-fallout/


Louis Armstrong was one of the most popular musicians in the 1920s in the world of jazz and all around music.  He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 4, 1901.  He grew up in a very poor area of New Orleans, he had a hard childhood.  Louis grew up with no father and for the most part no mother.  His father abandoned them and his mother was a prostitute.  He left school in the fifth grade to get a job.  The family that looked after him encouraged him the most to be involved with music.  He grew up very quickly, very influenced by music.

Louis was mostly a jazz musician but he contributed to other popular music as well.  Armstrong went through a few bands, but he always stuck to who he was and the way he wanted to be.  His records are now looked at the most influencial and important in jazz history.  During Louis’s career he had a lot of major setbacks, but he never let it stop him.  Louis could sing and play the trumpet and he had a very mellow sound he wanted to put across.

Louis Armstrong was important to society because he made one of the biggest hits in history, “What a Wonderful World”.  He also had a lot of adversity when he was trying to go after his dream and he never gave up.  He used his hardships as fuel towards his music.  Louis showed how important music was to himself and society.

Bio. True Story. (2013). Louis Armstrong. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/louis-armstrong-9188912

Louis Armstrong Photo. (2013). Louis Armstrong. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/louis-armstrong-9188912

Youtube. (2013). What a Wonderful World. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2VCwBzGdPM

Woman’s Rights

The social roles of women changed drastically during the 1920s in North America.  There lives started to be in their own control (Faulk, 2006.)  They started getting involved with things that only men would be apart of previously.  Things they got more involved in were jobs and sports such as boxing.  They started to have more of a riskier social life.  Women started wearing shorter skirts and revealing bathing suits.  Also, women would go to “scandalous” dances (Faulk, 2006.)  Women were working towards a life they always deserved.

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union made a positive gain from prohibition.  This union got rid of all production, sale and consumption of alcohol.  They wanted to get rid of alcohol because they thought it was evil (Faulk, 2006.)  Alcohol led to many negative things for women such as; wife abuse, child abuse, accidents, poverty, neglect of family, diseases, wife desertion, and even death (Faulk, 2006.)  Women accomplished prohibition on their own, women were strong.

They achieved other things such as getting the first women to be apart of parliament.  Also the “famous five” getting the Supreme Court and government that they are considered to be a “person”.  Women at that time still faced challenges.  Even though they were recognized for some jobs they did during the war, they still were overlooked.  They didn’t earn very major jobs and if they did they were discriminated against. Women deserved a lot better.