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The 1920’s was a period of great change in America. It was a decade which saw the development of mass production, cinema, jazz and the introduction of prohibition. Indeed, the 1920’s have often been described as ‘’the roaring 20’s’’ a time when life was good for all Americans.

Qu. To what extent did America ‘’roar’’ for all Americans in the 1920’s?

America enjoyed a period of great prosperity in the 1920's, people often called it ‘the roaring 20’s’ as things like mass production, cinema, jazz and prohibition were introduced, these things had a huge impact in America and many people benefited from the developments but many did not.

One of the major developments that were brought to America during the 1920’s was mass production, it was first brought to America by a man called Henry Ford from the car industry, Ford had revolutionized American manufacturing by introducing the automated assembly line. and he made cars so cheaply that thousands of ordinary Americans could afford them. Mass production of the car industry stimulated the growth of industries that produced parts of cars like tyres, glass, metal etc then cars led to building of more roads and service stations and there was an increased consumption of petrol. Also most people’s lives were improved because they had more freedom to travel to more places than they could have before.

Other consumers such as telephone and electricity industries boomed by 1930, two-thirds of all American households had electricity and half had telephones. As more and more of America's homes received electricity, new appliances followed like refrigerators, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, and toasters. The development of the electricity companies stimulated the growth of new industries making electrical products. Then they had to build lots of shops and offices for all of this which help the construction industry which meant more people were being employed and earning a decent wage which meant there would be an increasing demand for goods.

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This seemed like a very good life for most Americans although various sources state that standards of cleanliness kept rising and housewives had to work more and more Sheets had to be changed weekly and the house had to be vacuumed daily. With all this new technology which was supposed to make your life easier was making more work for woman although not all woman benefited from this.

During the 1920s more people were living in towns and cities. The cities were growing fast, skyscrapers were being built all over and soon small towns wanted them, but a growing city ...

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