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To what extent was america a free and fair society in the 1920's?

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To what extent was America a free and fair society in the 1920's? The 1920s were often known as the roaring twenties, this was so because they were a time of enjoyment in a society were everyone was having fun. It was a time of liberation and rebellion against traditional values and being who you wanted to be. But there were many cases were this was not so and people did not benefit from this 'free and fair' time. Firstly, life throughout this period of time changed. Women benefited dramatically throughout this period; before women were expected to lead restricted lives, they were expected to behave politely wear formal clothes and their relationships with men were watched over. But many of this changed in the 20s, when the war had broken out many women had been put into the war industry they were given jobs which gave them skilled experience. In 1929 there were 10 million women with jobs 24 % more than in 1920, this had led to may women earning money for them buying items for themselves such as cars. ...read more.

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For women the society still wasn't fair, they were treated differently to men. Women were still paid less than men for doing the same job, and in politics although they had been given the vote they did not achieve the same amount as men did. And many people considered women as unelectable and only a few women were elected. In many cities racism was a part of life and nearly everyone faced it. In the USA's big cities there were predominant social groups. At the top were the American people who had the best of everything; next were the first to come to America: the Irish Americans, the French Canadians and the German Americans whom all competed for the best jobs and the best housing; these groups normally looked down onto the more recent newcomers: the Italians and the eastern Europeans; lastly at the bottom of the scale were the Mexicans, the black Americans and the Native Americans. The lower down the order the group was the more racial abuse they got and the unfair the society was. Many immigrants were abused because people were scared of them and their beliefs, but really they abused them because they were different. ...read more.

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The extent at which America was a free and fair society only just reached to the non-whites. The whites enjoyed freedom to do what they wanted they enjoyed sports, music, the latest fashions and cinemas and had enough money to spend on what they wanted. And whilst Americans had a good time so did the immigrants arriving in America wanted to do the same. They had arrived at the 'melting pot' where all individual ethnic groups were forgotten and blended together to become 'Americans'. Although this is what they had hoped for only some ended up having this, the rest had to face discrimination. But although there were enough jobs due to the economic boom, the society was still not as free as they hoped. The free and fair society reached out only to the non-whites who had either power or money such as black Americans who had become famous musicians had had their share of freedom but for the rest of their culture they had to face the brutality of discrimination. For women many things had changed on the way they were thought of but they still were not equal with men in society. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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