America spent more than a third of the 1920s mired in recession. The first one began in January 1920 and lasted 18 months. In the year after the war's end, the US economy was hobbled by a collaspe in land prices and strikes at factories.
The second lasted a year starting in May 1923. The US economy was contracting when Calvin Coolidge succeeded William Harding as president after his death. Coolidge, who's famous for saying "the chief business of the American people is business," sought to support industry with loans and subsidies.
Here, two Pennsylvania miners take a lunch break.