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What does LACKPANTS stand for?

L - laissez-faire
A - assembly line
C - credit
K - knowledge
P - policy of isolation (position of USA)
A - advertisement
N - new industries
T - tariffs
S - share confidence


What other factors helped the USA boom?

- The USA's wealth - the USA was rich in coal, iron ore, oil and it had a lot of fertile land.
- New industries - these were things such as radios, refrigerators and washing machines.
- Rising wages and stable prices - this was mainly due to the assembly line
- Government policies - the Fordney McCumber tariff set high prices on imports from other countries.
- Hire purchase - this enabled consumers to take out a small deposit, buy their goods and it pay in monthly installments.
- Weak unions - this allowed employers to hold down wages and keep working hours long.


What was the Cycle of Prosperity?

Increased demands in consumer goods -> increased production -> increased employment -> more money to spend on consumer goods -> increased demands in consumer goods (and so on..)


What was the Model T Ford?

The Model T Ford cost less than $300 and was the first car to be product using mass production on the assembly line.


What are two facts about the production of motor vehicles?

In 1929, 1/5 of people had a car.
In 1929, 5,622,000 cars had been produced.


What other industries did the car industry benefit?

- The steel industry
- The petrol industry
- The chemical industry
- The glass industry
- The rubber industry


What social impacts did cars have?

Cars > roads > drive further > gas stations > motels and service stations > garages > mechanics

Cars > roads > construction > traffic jams > accidents > pollution

Cars > roads > build suburb towns


Who didn't have a share in the boom?

- Farmers
- Black Americans
- Native Americans
- Poor white Americans
- Miners/old industries


Why didn't farmers have a share of the boom?

- Imports
- Income
- Competition
- Overproduction and improved machinery
- Falling prices
- Standard of living
- Fruit farmers


How did income affect farmers?

Income dropped from $22 billion in 1919 to $13 billion in 1928.


How did imports affect farmers?

Farmers imported less food from the USA due to the USA's tariffs.


How did competition affect farmers?

Canada's wheat was cheaper than the USA's.


How did overproduction and improved machinery affect farmers?

The combine harvester and improved fertilizers made US agriculture extremely efficient.


How did falling prices affect farmers?

In the 1920's, 100's of rural banks collapsed. Also, in 1921, farmers prices fell by 50%.


How did standard of living affect farmers?

Less than 10% of farmers had electric lights or mains water supplies.


How were fruit farmers affected?

Shipment of lettuce went from 14,000 in 1920 to 52,000 in 1928.


Who were the old industries who were affected?

- The textile industry
- The coal industry


How was the textile industry affected?

They faced competition from other parts of the country where labor was much cheaper.


How were the coal industry affected?

The greater use of electric and oil for heating meant that demand for coal dropped.


Why didn't native Americans benefit from the boom?

Native Americans suffered extreme discrimination so they found it hard to find jobs. Their children were sent to boarding schools which destroy traditions.


Why didn't black Americans benefit from the boom?

The KKK prosecuted black Americans, many were employed as slaves, many of them lived in poverty and also when they moved to cities, they found it hard to find jobs as they didn't have many necessary skills.


Why didn't poor white Americans benefit from the boom?

42% of poor white Americans lived below the poverty line and 1 million of them lost jobs in the 1920's.