The middle classes were still there during the Great Depression. Any suggestion that everyone was reduced to grinding poverty is inaccurate.
The difference during the Depression was that employment was very much lower, so that the number of "middle class" individuals decreased as a percentage of the population. Many of those who were still working also received less income, and the availability of consumer goods was sharply diminished.
The Great Depression caused middle class families to lose their homes and possessions. They would have likely lost jobs that allowed them to have their homes and possessions.
We are more in a recession, not a real depression, but it will have similar characteristics due to the government because the government will take control of everything and eliminate the middle class in a Marxist fashion. Like in the Great Depression, there is only really rich, and poor.
A great example to represent the middle class in The Great Gatsby is, The Valley of Ashes.
The unemployment rate was 25% during the Great Depression.
Yes, since both died in 1934, right in the middle of the Great Depression.
They lost their jobs.
The great amount of jobs created were the basis for our middle class to stabilize themselves and the job was completed by WWII!
In 1935 FDR signed a Presidential order legalizing collective bargaining. This was the beginning of the middle class in America.
many middle class that had money in the stock market suffered lost money became drifters others lived in hoovervilles and others had low paying jobs that just barely kept them going
they lost jobs and money
Horse sperm shots were fairly common among the middle and upper class after the great depression, if horses werent avaliable they would mix their own sperm with urine and share it with the other people in their household. ;)
Life in the South for the upper middle class was carefree