Planes, trains and automobiles were available during the 1930s, and other technological advances led to the availability of telephones, radios and electric ranges, which improved on their wood-burning or gas predecessors. In fact, the 1930 census included the question of whether families had radio in their homes. Radar, scotch tape, long-playing phonographs, frozen foods, color and talking movies, and cartoons were all inventions of the 1930s.Know More
The decade was ushered in by the 1929 stock market crash, which led to the Great Depression. Widespread unemployment, poverty and starvation marked the time period. Advancements in the film industry led to the creation of iconic films such as "The Wizard of Oz," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," and "Gone With the Wind." Eastman Kodak invented its first color film, Kodachrome.
In an effort to connect with the American people and hide his polio symptoms, President Franklin D. Roosevelt used the radio to broadcast his fireside chats. This allowed him to talk directly to the American people about social change and boosted public opinion of him. New homes were furnished with the latest technologies, which included electric washers, irons, tea kettles and coffee pots. Older homes were brought up to date with running water, light fixtures and water heaters.Learn More
During the 1930s, education experienced significant changes from elementary school to college. New developments in elementary and high schools formed the precursor to current American education systems, while women gained easier access to the upper levels of formal education.Full Answer >
In the 1930s, despite the fact that women were a big part of the society, they were not treated equally in the workplace compared to their male counterparts. Instead of working, most of society believed that a woman's place was in the home. It was during this era that women were put into the gender role of cooking, cleaning and taking care of children.Full Answer >
Like most everything else at that time, schools in the 1930s were affected by the Great Depression. Schools in rural areas tended to be smaller and were more affected by budget cuts. City schools fared better and were more like modern schools.Full Answer >
Women wore fitted dresses, skirts and suits during the 1930s. The style was much more feminine than style of the 1920s, and it put more emphasis on the waistline.Full Answer >