Brighton Beach Memoirs
By: Anthony Miranda
Brighton Beach Memoirs takes place during the great depression
The Great Depression
1) Some 6,000 street vendors walked the streets of New York City in 1930 trying to sell apples for 5 cents each.
2) The Dust Bowl during the Great Depression led to widespread migration, including 200,000 people who moved to California, most arriving with no money, family, or resources
3)Economic conditions that led to the Great Depression began in the early 1920s, but most people think of the stock market crash of 1929 as the start of the Great Depression.
Colleges In the 1930's
In both the 1930s and the 1960s, university halls had a curfew of 10pm and you could get expelled if you were caught breaking the rule. If you were feeling brave you could try to sneak in through a bottom floor window, but most students didn't run the risk – being a university student then was a privilege. In the 1960s only 1 in 20 young people went to university. For my grandmother and other students, a degree was their ticket out of their home town, where jobs were limited to the local trade.
1) Tuition in the 1930's was very low around $240, and room and board only costed about $500.
2) on average a car costed $640 in 1930 and $700.
3) a major difference between college now and then is the major difference between tuition cost and the different rules and consequences when you broke the rules.
Stan's Apology Letter
I am dearly sorry for disrespectfully throwing dirt on your shoes. I was just standing up for my fellow co-worker, i really hope you can forgive me. If you accept me back i will do the best i can for the store and work very hard for a paycheck.