Throwback Thursday: Poplar Bluff says "no" to all night parties in 1929

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Seems as if Poplar Bluffians in 1929 snubbed their noses at the raucous all night parties New York City was known for in the "Roaring Twenties." According to this article from the May 9, 1929 Poplar Bluff Weekly Republican newspaper the town's citizens "retained a normalcy New York is striving for." Townsfolk at the time were scarcely aware of the looming national crisis soon to engulf the nation's banks and stock market later that year. Worries far greater than partying would be in the forefront of most Poplar Bluffians' minds. The stock market crash in October 1929 accelerated the global economic collapse leading up to the Great Depression. By 1933, nearly half of America’s banks had failed and unemployment affected roughly 30% of America's population.