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Why has the America of the 1920’s been described as the Roaring 20’s?

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Why has the America of the 1920's been described as the Roaring 20's? During the 1920's America under went a great change and America soon became widely known as the roaring 20's. In today's society, people interpret roaring as being loud, successful, fast, growing and outrageous. This is exactly how it was with America undergoing its most exciting period of change and time. During the 1920's America experienced a great change. One of the first ways to bring about this change, which led to the 1920's being so successful for America, was the boom. The boom was brought about by many different factors but each was of equal importance. The boom helped the American people enormously and gave them something to cheer and shout about after the war. The main change that the boom took over was it gave people the confidence to try new things and be more shocking and outrageous. One section of the boom which gave the public most benefits and confidence was the mass production techniques. Mass production meant that many goods could be produced quickly and cheaply. The working of factories and goods can also be described as roaring as the machinery was working full to its limit. ...read more.


There were images of roaring crowds which kept confidence high and left America continuously rising. The radio helped the roaring 20's as it helped spread information quickly and precisely. By 1930 40%of the population had a radio. Not only was a radio used for listening to music but also to put views across that occurred during the day. It also created a national habit. For example it was a way of getting people to listen to sports events and for putting new types of music across. Another reason as to why America was described as the Roaring 20's was that there was a huge change in society. Society became more relaxed while the population grew and grew in confidence. People got used to the changes such as the young but others did not take to it to well, such as the old. The 1920's was also called the 'Jazz Age' due to the fact of black musicians dominating all other music. It had a tremendous impact on the young and soon dance halls became flooded with the more adventurous. The old did not agree with this as they saw it as a corrupting influence that was linked to sexual excess. ...read more.


By the end of the decade there were more than 10 Million women in paid employment. This was good for America and only boosted the tremendous morale and confidence the majority of the population already had. The only way was up for America and its people. As women became more involved in society they were given nicknames such as flappers. A flapper was a name given to a liberated urban woman. Few women would have regarded themselves as flappers. But the flapper represented an extreme example of the changes that were affecting many women. They were identified by their short skirts, powdered knees, bright clothes and lots of make up. These were all linked to social habits. Clothes changes which gave women greeter freedom and they became more daring. After the war short hair became liberated make up became more popular and sales boomed led by advertising. In the 1920's women smoked in public and drove cars, both of which had been frowned at before the war. Women's magazines sold in their millions and the radio and cinema were well aware that women formed a major part of their audience. From the information we have gathered there were many points that have been raised that contribute to the 1920's being described as the "Roaring 20's." ...read more.

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