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America in the 1920's: The BOOM Years The Motor Industry: The motor car industry was one of the first to use the method of mass production. Mass production was carried out in large factories across the USA and mainly in the large northern cities where the industry was located. Mass production is a method of manufacturing a product. It was done using long assembly lines where each person along the line would make the same component over and over again then pass it down the line for the next part to be added until the finished product was created. Henry Ford mastered this with a Model T Ford being produced every 10 seconds. The Ford Company continued to produce and prosper with the Model T through boom and bust. By 1925 one in two car owners in America owned a Model T Ford. Consumer Goods: It was not only the car, which had major success during the 1920's in America. ...read more.


The reason for the re-foundation of the Klan was because of the Blacks and immigrants' getting the white men's jobs. This was clear because most members were poor, white men. There were also a few influential members of the Klan such as politicians and owners of large companies. The KKK took part in actions, which varied. They wore long white robes with white hats. This was used to intimidate their enemies as they went on marches and burned Catholic crosses; they also spoke in a secret code called 'Klonversations'. Their actions were not just based on intimidating people, they used torture and violence on untrue Americans. Victims were beaten, whipped, tarred and feathered and lynched The popularity of the Klan was reduced when people realised the extent of the Violence used against their enemies and millions left. Prohibition: Prohibition was introduced in America in January 1920. The law was passed across America under the 18th Amendment. The 18th Amendment prohibited the making, selling and transporting of liquor over 0.5% in the USA. ...read more.


The authorities did not do much to stop them. Many police judge and state officials were bribed to turn a blind eye to the activities. Organised crime also went into legal business activities and trade unions. This part of the 1920's was exciting yet dangerous and was the cause and caused many things. Flapper Girls: With the economic prosperity of the 1920's bought a change in life style for many American women. In 1920 they had been given the vote. Many women entered work in industry and the office. The flapper girl was the typical young woman of the 1920's. Most flapper girls had short hair, short skirts, and high heels, they were considered rebellious towards there elders. The flappers offended the older generation because they defied conventions of acceptable feminine behaviour. The flapper was "modern". She disposed the traditional elements of a young lady, longhair etc. She wore make up and baggy dresses, which often exposed her arms and sometimes her legs, often from the knees down. Flappers did more than symbolise a revolution in fashion and mores; they embodied the spirit of the Jazz Age. Joe Swainson 05/09/07 ...read more.

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