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"Was Gangsterism the most important problem in America in the 1920s?"

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?Gangsterism was the most important problem in America in the 1920s? Gangsterism was not the most important problem in the 1920s, as there were other ongoing problems at the same however some were and weren?t as significant as gangsterism. 1920s in America can be seen as a good thing as well as a bad time for others. It can be seen as a good time because during the 1920s there was an economic boom, or known as the age of consumerism; where many Americans bought cars, radios, fridges etc. In addition the 1920s was the start of the jazz age, or also known as the ?Roaring Twenties?. However, not all Americans saw the 1920s as a time of prosperity. For many Americans it was a decade of poverty. Some groups such as farmers, factory workers and those living in the Deep South, experienced extreme shortage of money and food. This, together with social inequality and racism, resulted in increased tensions across the nation. ...read more.

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During the 1920s people who lived in the industrial cities and town benefitted from the effects of ?Mass Production?. Industrial towns gave people jobs which meant that they could now afford to buy washing machines, vacuums, cars and other luxuries they never had. Nevertheless, many people living in the farming areas of America couldn?t afford to buy these new goods. They suffered from the effects of ?Mass Production?. Before mass production, farming techniques were introduced in farming; everything was done using muscle power. This involved employing hundreds of people to plant and harvest crops. However after as farmers produced more food using their new machines the price of crops dropped, this was caused by producing more food than what was needed by the population. As farmers couldn?t sell their produce, their prices dropped further. This situation was made worse by the introduction of Prohibition. In the past when the price of wheat had been too low they had used it to make whisky or ?Moonshine?. ...read more.

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Overall, I think that gangsterism was not the most important problem in America during the 1920s because there were other factors that arose that were more significant. For example, the agriculture problem was quite huge; due to the effects of ?Mass Production? farmers were losing their money; although in comparison to gangsterism, it wasn?t such a large problem. The Ku Klux Klan was also a problem in America as they were killing people for no reason as they wanted white supremacy. Another problem was the ?Red Scare?. This was the fear of Russian immigrants coming to America and spreading the thought of communism around. A key problem however was racism around America, though mainly occurring in the southern states. This was a main problem as racism was something that kept on happening; gangsterism was just a cause of prohibition and only started once the Volstead Act was in place. Even after gangsterism slowly calmed down, racism was still ongoing in the southern states. Black people were still getting discriminated against. Overall, in my opinion, I disagree with the statement; gangsterism was not the most important problem in America in the 1920s. ...read more.

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