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I wonder how slowly progress would have come without the Great Depression and President Roosevelt’s resulting New Deal policies? I used to think the Depression caused all the disparity and deprivation of the 1930s but now it seems to me that the Depression served to force our government to take notice of the disparity between affluent Americans and the general population that existed long before the Depression.
It seems from the merriment on the screen that it was a time of prosperity and happiness for all America. Sorry. Not true.
Before the Great Depression, living conditions were crude and life was hard for the general population. The necessities and conveniencies enjoyed by some folks in the 1920s didn’t reach the majority in those big cities and they certainly didn’t reach folks in rural America.
I mentioned already the sad condition of the Tennessee Valley before the TVA brought electricity and many other government sponsored benefits to the region. But the Tennessee Valley wasn't alone in its needs.
In the early 1930s only 10% of rural America had electricity. For 90% of rural folks, the benefits of electricity were not available. The government refused to become involved with this 'inconvenience' because the prevailing ideology dictated that private enterprise should compete for the business and eventually build power plants. Never mind that the technology was available and the people were in dire need of it, the government would not get involved.
Quotes below from Websters World Encyclopedia 2001, American History, The Great Depression:
Calvin Coolidge (R), President 1923 - 1929 put it bluntly when he stated: "The chief business of the American people is business."
(My thoughts: it wasn't until the Great Depression hit after the financial collapse of 1929 that the voters of America's struggling populace realized that the federal government was Big Business Oriented and it wasn't People Friendly.)