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5 The renaming “has met with universal satisfaction,” according to Dean Helen Mary Smith, “and no fonder hope could be entertained than that the college should express in itself, in its students and in its graduates, the wisdom, graciousness and understanding that characterized Ms. ”6 Although she enjoyed her studies, Alice Norton’s time at the college was quite brief. Having enrolled less than a year after the crash, she could scarcely ignore its impact. Cleveland was among the worst hit cities in the country.

Calvin Coolidge assumed the presidency in 1922, promising lowered spending and reduced taxes. He did not disappoint. By the end of his second term, most Americans no longer paid federal taxes at all. 5 million people had to pay federal taxes. Many changes were in store for the 1920s; in 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment supporting Prohibition had passed, making it illegal to sell alcohol. Forty-two years after being introduced in Congress, the Nineteenth Amendment passed in 1920, which gave women the right to vote.

Having enrolled less than a year after the crash, she could scarcely ignore its impact. Cleveland was among the worst hit cities in the country. There, and across the nation, men and women stood in food lines and waited at soup kitchens. Unemployment kept rising. Those who were still employed or running businesses often earned less than they had before the crash. Adalbert Norton owned a rug business. In 1930, most people were worried more about keeping a roof over their heads than placing coverings on their floors.

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