Brighton Beach Memoirs
by Karen Chong

The Great Depression

The Great Depression started in 1929 and ended in 1939. This caused everybody to go bankrupt due to the Stock Market Crash. About 15 million Americans were unemployed and half of the country's banks had failed. President Franklin D. Roosevelt helped in the worst effects of The Great Depression in the 1930s. The economy didn't fully turn around until WWII boosted up the economy. 

The European Graduate School

In 1903 a lady named Gertrude Stein was able to graduate writing novels, poems, plays, and stories. Tuition back then was $300 for 3 years. Board and room was $27 a month, but you were able to find a private home for $20. Colleges today are really expensive tuition can go up to $90,000 back then the max you would pay was around $500. 

Cost in the 1930s

The cost for a new Chevy cost and average of $625. Gas back then ranged between 10-20 cents per gallon. Bacon was 33 cents per pound and sugar was $1.25 for a 25LB sack. A new house would range between $3,800- $7,145. 


Dear Mr. Stroheim

     I know i swept dirt on your shoes, but i was trying to defend that poor worker. I was really angry at the moment, because it wasn't his fault. The broom knocked down the oil on the hats. You tried charging him for something he didn't to, which is very unfair.

    My father was fired from his second job. There is seven people living in the apartment i live at. My father and I are the only ones working at this moment because my brother is not old enough yet. I really need this job because I'm trying to help my family out.

    I'm really sorry Mr. Stroheim I didn't mean to sweep dirt on your shoes. The rage of anger took over me at that moment. Now that I see how much my family is struggling, I realized my mistake and I apologize. I'm really sorry Mr. Stroheim, I really need this job back.

                                            Sincerely: Stan


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  I think Brighton Beach Memoirs was a very unique play. I really enjoyed reading this book because it shows that family is important. It also shows that family members just want the best for you. Family will always be there to support you and love you no matter how rough the situation is.

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