Local Opinion – Hard Times: First Labour Government and Worldwide Changes

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Our newest community reporter Spring Heeled Jack has written a series of short articles which we will share over the next few weeks.

Here is the latest installment of Hard Times.


The first Labour Government

The first Labour Government In Great Britain, was elected with Ramsay MacDonald as its Prime Minister in 1923.

However, there was still little change then in a basic safety net welfare system being put in place to help disadvantaged people in society when falling on Hard Times.

At that time men continued to go out to work and women were the homemakers staying at home.

Many social historians have written and commented about the suffragettes with the influence of Emmeline Pankhurst and their struggle to be part of a non-inclusive society, where women at the start of the 20th century had very few rights.

For instance, all women had no pension or full voting rights until much later in the 1920s when this finally came to fruition in 1926.

Worldwide changes-America in trouble

It was the stock market crash in Wall Street during the late 1920s that caused a great deal of problems and the introduction of prohibition in America, which was a nice little earner for budding entrepreneurs such as bootleggers selling illegally made alcohol.

However, many capitalist speculators who loved gambling and playing with shares lost everything during the stock market crash.

Images of those individuals were published in the printed press of them jumping out of windows and committing suicide, which questions America at that time being the richest country in the world, but also as a parallel broken society.

Many American people still lived in poverty then and in the deep-south 13 confederate states, racial segregation continued despite laws passed by former President Abraham Lincoln in the 1860s and latterly enforced by Lyndon Johnston, American president in the 1960s.


Article submitted by Spring Heeled Jack.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not the Digital Sentinel.

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