Workers Yearly Wages

Clare Madden Preston Mason Annie Friedman

Factories in the 1920s

Farmer's in the 1920s

Farmer Hardships

Farmer's produced a lot during war times to supply the soldiers but when the war ended the need declined. By 1920 the price for a bushel had raised to $3. A gas engine had been made to make production more efficient which led to the large surplus. Due to this, the agricultural industry hit a depression early in the 1920s which preceded the rest of the American depression;n factories were still thriving.

Aide to Farmers

  • Capper-Volstead Act of 1921: exempt farmers from antitrust laws
  • McNary-Haugen Bill of 1928: Kept the prices high but allowed for Government to buy surpluses and sell to foreign countries. The money lost by the Government would be made up for by taxing the farmers. Coolidge vetoed twice and it was never enacted.

Factory Workers in the 1920s

Government Role

New presidents (Harding and Coolidge) weren't very progressive and advocated for the assistance of big businesses, they even supported trusts. The industries controlled by the Government during the war were returned to the private companies. Progressives were discontent and wanted the companies to stay under control of the Government.

Passed Adkins V. Children's Hospital: the supreme court reversed its ruling in the Muller V. Oregon case; stated that women were no longer deserving of special treatment such as minimum wage because they now had the right to vote.

Workers and Business

The labor unions decreased by 30% between 1920 and 1930 due to the endless supply of worker; many of whom were men returning from the war.

The stock market quadrupled from 1920-1930; businesses were so prosperous that they could afford to pay workers higher salaries.


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