Monday, 24 November 2014
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Thematic Paragraph: Did all Americans benefit from the economic boom?
In the 1920s came a massive economic boom. Production rose all over the US for home use and for international exportation as the US was unharmed by WW1. The number of unemployed decreased and number of people living above the poverty line increased. This was the start of the ‘Roaring Twenties. ‘
The Original settlers had the best time in 1920s America, economically and just generally. As unemployment lowered and wages got bigger, more and more families were able to buy consumer goods. This meant that living got easier and life was better. White American women were able to ‘let go’. They were becoming more rebellious, drinking, smoking and having fun. These women were called flappers. Source 1 illustrates how the amount of millionaires differed from the start of the war to the height of the economic boom. There were 5 times as many, from 7000 millionaires in 1914 to 35,000 in 1927. I believe this source has no purpose so it is useful. Other sources do support the idea that the original settlers were most successful especially 17 which states that the top 5% earned 30% of the country’s income. I also know from my own knowledge that the original settlers had the best time as they were viewed as racially superior, and as a result got the best jobs and opportunities.
America was not the land of opportunities for the new immigrants who did not really benefit from the roaring twenties. In the 1920s the immigrants fled to America to take up all the opportunities it had. The Immigrants believed that they could get a good standard of living and have a better job. Most of them didn’t get what they were hoping for, living in small crowded tenement and having a low paid job with little money. Source 15 supports this showing a large family of immigrants living in a small room. They were moderately good clothes suggesting that they had an alright income but by the looks of the room, not a good income at all. The purpose of this source is to show the conditions and this may make the source less useful as they may have exaggerated the conditions to highlight their message. However, the source is backed up by source 16 which shows that the standard of living would have been poor as it was thought that $48 was the minimum wage a month to have a good life, whereas as an immigrant you got roughly $30 a month. This source proves that life was not good, and is further supported by the fact that there was suspicion of immigrants who were thought to be communists and they were often prevented from doing the top jobs which would have gone to white original settlers.
Black Americans had the worst standard of living in America in the 1920s. With slavery ended racial prejudice still existed and Black Americans were thought as the scum of the earth. As they had the worst jobs with the lowest paying wages, their standards of living couldn’t have been very good. Black Americans had jobs such as farm labourers in the South and Factory workers in the North. Source 10 shows that in the South they would not have had a good standard of living as prices fell by about 50% and five times more farms fell into bankruptcy. Source 6 shows how in the North there were only limited opportunities open to Blacks. It states:
“[Blacks] were only good for driving carriages, carrying baskets after the boss and polishing people’s shoes.
This may not be useful as the source came from a Black American who is trying to publicise life for Blacks and may exaggerate. However it is supported by my own knowledge which tells me that Blacks did not access good jobs and were forced to live in the poor areas of the cities like Harlem in New York.
To conclude I believe that the original settlers had the best economic well being during the roworing twenties. This is because they were the dominant group who owned the land and the businesses. The other groups did less well because the original settlers feared the new immigrants who they believed brought crime and communism. Blacks did poorly because they were considered to be inferior.
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Friday, 21 November 2014
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Some of you have gaps in your books due to absence or trips. Use this content list and your book to find the gaps and fill them in!
BBC GCSE Bitesize is a great place to start.
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
The following link will take you to the OCR guide booklet on Paper 1 (Germany and the Cold War).
Some of the questions for Germany you may already be able to answer. Remember we haven't finished our Germany topic yet. Notice that there is a section on both Weimar Germany and also Nazi Germany. It is worth familiarising yourself with how the exam is structured. By carefully reading page 1 and moving quickly to the sections that will apply to you (Germany and the Cold War), you are less likely to make a big mistake when it counts most. Pay attention to the number of marks available for each of the questions. Also have a look for the 'pencil sign' which indicates that you will also obtain marks for accurate spelling and Grammer.
Particularly useful is the mark scheme which you will find following the exam paper itself. This shows you what the examiner is looking for in increasing complexity. Even more useful is the exemplar answer written on the right hand side.