How did Americans lives change during the 1920s?
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How did Americans lives change during the 1920s? In the 1920's many American lives were improved greatly, but some lives were as bad as they had been before. The economy was booming, with cars being mass produced, and many other consumer goods such as radios, were widely available. Also more jobs became available, and many people received a par rise. However there were bad things such as racism about. Many ethnic minority groups were treated poorly. The most racist group around was the Ku Klux Klan. During the 1920's there was an economic boom in America. With the new system of mass production there was plenty being made, and then sold. Particularly cars. When the Model T Ford was first being produced, it would have cost $850 to buy one but then when mass production was introduced, the price was reduced to $290.
Another aspect that changed was women's fashion. They started to wear short skirts, and they wore their hair 'up'. Because the women no longer wore corsets, they could become more involved in sports such as tennis. This project from www.studentcentral.co.uk There were downsides to life in America, in the 1920's. During the war period, America had thrived in the farming business. The war-torn European countries, could not manage to grow their own crops, so they had to buy them from America. But when the war was over, the European farmers began to grow their own crops again. This left the American farmers over-producing, because they were not selling any of their produce. Many farmers ended up being deeply in debt, and they were not making any money. In the end many farmers could not afford to keep their farms, so they were taken away.
They were very cruel to black people. One of their punishments was to pour boiling tar onto a person, and then stick feathers to them. The KKK believed that America belonged to the descendants of the white protestant English man. There was also a period in the 1920's called the red scare. This was when there was a fear, that there would be a communist uprising. Life did not change for the better for all Americans in the 1920's. The two main benefactors were the women, and the people that worked. Also industries such as the car industry prospered. But then, there were the farmers who lost their farms because they could not afford to pay off debts. Also the black people had a very hard time. Prohibition was possibly one of the worst things in America in the 1920's. The 1920's were prosperous for many people, but for others the 1920's may have brought the end. Julian Phillips GCSE History Coursework
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