Socio Economic Lifestyles for Groups from 1920s-1950s

The White Middle class

During the 1920s, the white middle class children were privileged to have the best education, during these periods, there was racial segregation an unlike the minority black Americans, the whit- middleclass had the best education. Their parents were a working class and they also lived in the suburbs ad some in the cities (McManus, Ruth and Hethington 2007, 320). During the 1930s, these children were finishing the early education levels and they joined the colleges for the middle and first class rich Americans. They had good college education and well defined careers in different areas. During the 1930s, the white middle class youths were almost through with their college education and they got white collar jobs in the cities. During the1940s and 50s, dwelling in the cities, the white middle young people who left schools and were now in the job market started families with the man being the head of the house and women being house keepers.


In the 1920s the minorities in America comprised the African Americans and the people from the Asian continent. Children from this social class did not have the opportunity to attend good schools, good colleges in the 1930s and 40s due to the humble economic ability of their parents. They ended up starting families that were average both socially and economically in the 1950s (Maram and Linda 2013, 4)


The farmers (rural dwellers) mostly taught their children farming skills an early age in the 1920s as only a few of the children went to school. In the 1930s and 40s the teenager rural dwellers started joining their parents in the farm businesses. Economically, the rural dwellers were fairly well as they sold firm produce to the cities. During the 1950s, agriculture developed and the rural dwellers went to schools in order to gain advanced agricultural skills. Parents in the rural areas took their children to schools to improve their skills in the 1950s.

Urban working class

The urban working class had the privilege of education since they were in the urban centers in the 1920s. In the 1930s, there life involved acquisition of skills in preparation for employment. Employment was very informal in the 1930s but during the 1940s, skills were developed and in the 1950s, white collar formal jobs emerged as industries expanded (both manufacturing and service industries) and young parents gave their children the best education as they were economically capable.

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