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To what extent were the 1920s “roaring”?

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To what extent were the 1920s "roaring"? Roaring can be defined as a time of prosperity, happiness and excitement. It is a positive change. The 1920s were roaring for some people in America but not for everyone. The main reasons why the 1920s was not roaring for everyone in the U.S was discrimination and prohibition. For these people the 1920's were roaring. Cities in America were roaring in the 1920s. In cities there were well paid jobs therefore people who lived in cities benefited from the better paid jobs. Cities have excitement all the new ideas and inventions are first brought to the cities. Therefore it was a time of positive change. There are places of culture and entertainment in the cities, this lead to the excitement of people increasing. Also, land in cities is expensive so people who bought land in the cities would build upwards. That is why the cities in America started having skyscrapers. Therefore the 1920s were roaring for some people who lived in the cites. The twenties were roaring for the people who had cars. The car provided the transport to get to places of excitement e.g. cinema, and work. It was a new invention, therefore everyone wanted a car. It gave independence and excitement. Young people had the chance to be away from their parents. ...read more.

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An example of why the 1920s were not roaring for many immigrants is the case of Sacco and Vanzetti. There were Americans who resisted the idea of change. They were mostly Fundamentalists. Therefore it did not matter if you were middle class or any other class if you were a Traditionalist the 1920s would not be roaring for you. The fact that there were these groups it shows that the 1920s were not roaring for everyone in America. An example of the 1920s not being roaring for Traditionalists is the Monkey Trial. Another group that did not benefit from the roaring twenties were Black Americans. This links to why the 1920s were not roaring for Black Americans. The vast increase in number of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s says the 1920s were not roaring for Black Americans. The Ku Klux Klan included teachers, doctors, lawyers, judges, etc. There were many victims. There was lynching, murder, rape, etc of Black Americans By 1925 the Ku Klux Klan had declined, however they were not near to come to a close. Another example to why Black Americans did not benefit from the roaring twenties were the Jim Crow Laws. These were laws that passed on segregation due to skin colour. In the south most jobs were given to white people, so black people decided to migrate to the north. However, this did not solve the problem. ...read more.

Conclusion

Prohibition created a problem with gangsters as well. The problem with gangsters had worsened. An example of this is Al Capone. Crime was increasing.. Therefore the 1920s were not roaring for the victims of gangsters. Another reason why prohibition failed is corruption. Corruption threw out all levels of society. Judges, lawyers, police, etc as gangsters were bribing them. Once they had been bribed they could not get out of it. Therefore the 1920s were not roaring for police, judges, lawyers who were bribed by gangsters due to prohibition. St.Valentine's Day Massacre had led to the end of Prohibition. People had had enough. This was when seven members of a gang were shot down by rivals. Al Capone was behind the killing. Prohibition was a reason why the 1920s were not roaring for all in America because it had caused so much violence and crime especially violence between gangs. The twenties were not roaring for the families whose relatives had been victims of crime and violence due to Prohibition. The 1920s were roaring for some people in America but not for all. It was mostly roaring for white, middle class, urban dwelling Americans. It was mainly immigrants, traditionalists and women who did not find the 1920s roaring. However, Prohibition had affected most people making the 1920s not roaring for them. The 1920s were roaring for some but for most people it was not roaring. ...read more.

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