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The economy might have been booming, but not everyone benefited in 1920s America. Find out who lost out in this video.

Problems in the 1920s

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Key points

  • Farmers, industrial workers and African-americans all struggled in this period.
  • Farms were producing too much, which led to food prices dropping.
  • Farm labourers earned only $49 a month whereas a skilled factory worker could earn $140 a month.
  • Because of America's high import tarrifs, countries put customs duties on all american goods. This reduced american exports.
  • Modern machinery and electricity meant factories needed fewer people.
  • Revival of the Ku Klux Klan put pressure on African-americans.
  • African-americans were forced to do the worst jobs for the lowest pay.

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