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Explain the main features of the roaring twenties in America during the 1920's.

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Explain the main features of the roaring twenties in America during the 1920's. By the end of the First World War America was regarded as the most powerful and richest country in the world. In the 1920's the United States economy was booming. This is a period of prosperity, when the country's economy is doing well and the people are sharing in it. This period was known as the 'roaring twenties'. In this period many jobs were made more secure, many families had more to eat, electricity was widespread, many people had more leisure time and most had more money to spend. It changed the way people thought and lived their lives and was a great difference to suffering that World War 1 brought Cities were expanding outwards, and more and more people took advantage of this. Normal citizens started up new businesses in entertainment industry, which was proving to be very successful. During the 1920's, more Americans lived in towns and cities for the first time in the history of its country. ...read more.

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Radio was among a favourite. Most households now owned one. In one-year (1921) radio stations grew from 1 to 508. NBC were making profits of $150 a year. Jazz, was a popular type of music among many young people. To them and many others, the 1920's became known as the 'Jazz Age'. New images became known and like cinema, new idols became recognised. Cinema was devolving large industries around a city called Hollywood. Films were produced all year round and new stars like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton became comedy heroes. The economic boom brought something for people to look forward to and gave children and adults idols. It was estimated that movies became multi million dollar businesses and that 100million tickets were being sold a week! It wasn't long before producers and people alike were taking one step ahead to modernise the industry as much as they could and to gain even more profit to keep up in the boom as cities expanded. Sex became a no longer taboo subject and it was becoming widely mentioned in newspapers, film and everyday conversation. ...read more.

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During the 1920's, women were still being paid less than men even if they had the same job. Women's employment increased but only because they were seen as cheaper to employ and in some cases could match the job of a man. Before the 20's, women were seen to be polite and wear respectable clothes, but now there were also a percentage of women known as 'flappers', brought about at the time. Flappers were known to smoke cigarettes in public, to wear short skirts, backless gowns and anything else that would shock parents and other older people. After world war one, women just wanted to enjoy the time of the boom, and Anti-Flirt leagues designed to stop the behaviour of flappers did not succeed. Overall, the roaring twenties can be seen as a time of freedom for many people and time when people could express their thoughts. It provided many great opportunities for companies to make money, and subsequently for many people to get jobs that gave them money they deserved. It brought out new stars for people to idol, and was such as change for the way people lived their lives since the tragedy of World War One. ...read more.

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