• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month


Extracts from this document...


GCSE COURSEWORK: AMERICA IN THE 1920'S The 1920's was a period of great change in America. It was a decade which saw the development of mass production, cinema, jazz and the introduction of prohibition. Indeed, the 1920's have often been described as ''the roaring 20's'' a time when life was good for all Americans. Qu. To what extent did America ''roar'' for all Americans in the 1920's? America enjoyed a period of great prosperity in the 1920's, people often called it 'the roaring 20's' as things like mass production, cinema, jazz and prohibition were introduced, these things had a huge impact in America and many people benefited from the developments but many did not. One of the major developments that were brought to America during the 1920's was mass production, it was first brought to America by a man called Henry Ford from the car industry, Ford had revolutionized American manufacturing by introducing the automated assembly line. and he made cars so cheaply that thousands of ordinary Americans could afford them. Mass production of the car industry stimulated the growth of industries that produced parts of cars like tyres, glass, metal etc then cars led to building of more roads and service stations and there was an increased consumption of petrol. ...read more.


dull, after 'The Jazz Singer' was released all films became 'Talkies' and many silent screen stars lost their jobs because they had strange accents or funny voices. The films were very cheap to go watch and also educated people. All the films were made in Hollywood where there was all year round sunshine. It was estimated that 100 million cinema tickets were being sold each week. Young people went out to the cinemas to enjoy themselves This was very true for young women who were usually named 'flappers' did not stick to the strict rules their mothers had to abide by, instead they wore the latest fashions, short skirts, short hair and make up. The Flappers also went out without a man to look after them, went to all-night parties, drove motor cars, smoked in public and held men's hands without wearing gloves, even if they came from respectable homes! The poor did also join the 'movie craze' and it only cost them 10-20 cents to go compared to the dollar rich Americans would pay but they were separated from the rich they would go to a small cinema in the town although there was not a cinema in every town rather than the city because they couldn't afford the more luxurious cinema in the city. ...read more.


And some negative points were deaths from alcohol poisoning increased, grain farmers could not sell their crops, crime rose, alcohol became fashionable, Americans refused to obey prohibition and government corruption. As a result in this many gangsters were making loads of profit from people buying illegal alcohol off them, this would be bringing more crime onto America. In conclusion many Americans benefited from mass production, cinema, jazz and the introduction of prohibition and some did not. America did roar as such during the 1920s to some extent although America was more the high life for the rich people more than the poor as they had more money to go to out places and have fun where as the rural and urban poor as they had to work really hard to a tiny amount of money they would earn which would normally go towards food and shelter they didn't really have the extra cash to go out especially if they were a big family they would have to pay for transport and for each person and if they had a small child or baby they would not be able to take with them they would have to pay for child care so most poor people just stayed home with their families. Mass production did roar for pretty much all Americans as all new technology was sold cheaply so poor people were able to afford things to make their life that extra bit easier. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1919-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1919-1941 essays

  1. (Q1) Describe some of the key features of Americn society in the 1920's?

    The cycle would spiral downwards creating poverty in America. Huge companies had invested in the boom period but if this period ended, there would be a period of recession allowing no investments and no money to be made. Other countries such as Europe would steal Americas business. Also, now that America was charging tax to any goods coming into

  2. To what extent was America in the 1920's a 'Divided society'?

    and became gangsters as it was a way for them to earn a lot of money and to earn some respect. This only led to an increase in the divide between them.

  1. How did Americans lives change during the 1920s?

    America lost millions of dollars in the prohibition period. The lives of black people in the 1920's were far from improved. Segregation meant that the black and white people were completely separated. They could not be in the same profession, or walk next to each other down the street.

  2. In the 1920's America was the richest and most powerful country in the world ...

    Many others joined the armed forces. Conscription was introduced so this also helped tackle at least another million unemployed. The new soldiers also required uniforms, weapons and the necessary equipment. This set the steel mills, coalmines and factories back into production.

  1. To what extent did America roar in the 1920s?

    There were many factors acting in favour of prohibition. The disadvantages of alcohol were that poor people spent a greater proportion of their income on alcohol than anybody else and so their children would be deprived of necessities. Poverty and crime were directly related to alcohol and alcoholics filled prisons and asylums.

  2. Did America in the 1920's "Roar" for everyone?

    had high points on so you could not tell the height of the person. The Klan roared for its members because they rarely got caught for their acts because no one knew who was a member and you could not tell who it was because of their costumes.

  1. Was the decade of the 1920's a period of opulence for the American people?

    The telephone was invented which allowed people to communicate easier and quicker with people far away. Skyscrapers were being built which caused the city to grow and gave a lot more job opportunities to people. New jobs were also available in the car industry as the sports car popularity grew.

  2. GCSE History Coursework

    For example the number of illegal stills seized in 1921 was 9,746 which increased to 15,794 in 1929. Therefore Source G clearly shows that prohibition had failed. This is due to the fact that during the years 1921-29 the number of illegal stills and gallons of spirits seized had increased,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work