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The Roaring Twenties The 1920's are commonly called the Roaring Twenties in the USA. The name suggest a time of wild enjoyment, fun, loud, crazy and a musical age. The Twenties showed a revolution in art, literature and music, which greatly reflected the nations changing values. The economy was prosperous, there was a widespread of social reform, new aspects of culture were established, and people found better ways to improve their lifestyle and enjoy life, such as the motor industry. The motor industry boomed in the 1920s. Henry Ford's use of assembly lines to produce his Model T car this meant prices fell. The car had cost $850 in 1908 but by 1925 Model T car cost only $290. By the end of the 1920s the motor industry was America's biggest industry. As America's industries expanded many people had an opportunity to become employed. Glass, leather and rubber were all required to build the new vehicles therefore more and more industries were required to obtain materials to construct. ...read more.


The program choice expanded therefore the majority of Americans had purchased a radio. New styles of behaviour had been introduced such as women who wore their hair long, had ankle length dresses, and long cotton stockings. These women who dressed in such a way were called Flappers. Flappers were women who wore short dresses and wore make up. Eventually, women were even granted the right to vote. The women of the 1920's strived for a position of equality for both men and women in society. Americans were finding new ways to earn a better living through an overall period of booming business and higher wages for workers. Many Americans began investing in the stock exchange in the hope of having a prosperous return, while others chose to make their fortune in such illegal activities as bootlegging. But there was a downside to the American dream as many blacks were prosecuted. As well as some laws against the Blacks some whites set up an organisation called the Ku Klux Klan which used violence to intimidate Black people. ...read more.


An alternative problem was that America was overproducing. From 1900 to 1920, while farming was doing well, more and more land was being farmed. However by 1920 farmers had overproduces wheat which nobody required. Farming communities were devastated as farm owners struggled to sell wheat. Farmers were not just a small subsection of American society. In fact they were one of the largest. About half of all Americans lived in rural area, mostly working on farms or in business which supplied goods to farmers. Problem in farming therefore directly affected millions of Americans. As farm income fell, the situation of many rural communities was quite desperate. Six million rural Americans were exiled off the land in 1920s. Many of these workers migrated into other cities, hoping for a job. The Twenties was a fabulous decade outlined by a booming economy, and big business finding new ways to become bigger. New stores were popping up all over the nation and stores that were already around, grew into chains which stretched the length of the United States. All of these out standing events were overshadowed by the Stock Market Crash in 1929. ...read more.

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