The 1920s were a time of prosperity. Of course that all changed with Black Tuesday and the economy crash that followed. Ron Howard’s the Cinderella Man, is about a man named Jim Braddock who was once a big boxing star before the Great Depression. When he broke his arm, he kicked out of the ring and was faced with the difficult world that existed in the 1930s. Jim Braddock and his family are faced against the Great Depression, and as his family and his face the economic and societal problems of 1934, similarities and differences are able to be noticed. In the movie, Jim and his family experience some of the effects of the Great Depression. One example is when Jim is unable to find work. This is after he has lost his boxing
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A distinction between Americans now and Americans in 1934 was religion. Before the Depression, a vast majority of this country was made up of Christians. So, when the Depression came around, people began to blame God for their misfortunes and turned away from religion. Today, the United States includes quite a few atheists. When the recession began, people began looking for a sense of stability and turned toward religion and towards God (Pillsbury). The recession today and the Depression in the 1930s both caused the people to loose faith in the abilities of the government. In Cinderella Man, Jim is asked to join the “revolution” that is brewing against the government. It was in protest to President Hoover’s inaction towards the Great Depression. It is said that the “most volatile strikes and protest movements” known to Chicago took place during the Depression (Deutsch). Presently the entire country is criticizing our leaders, such as President Obama and the leaders of California for not helping us to get out of our recession faster. In both cases a number of people were left unable to pay their bills. Both include a lack of jobs and widespread financial aid. People now and then were and are selling whatever they can for whatever they can and begging for money. Our present day recession and the Great Depression, have a resemblance to one another although they still contain variations.