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1920s: The Roaring Twenties in Canada

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Introductory Paragraph: The 1920s were years of political controversy and defying social
standards, this time in Canada would mark an era which would pioneer the way for those to come in
regards to daring fashion, radical opinions, progressing technologies and political changes. “The
Roaring Twenties” is a phrase often used when describing this period of time in North America, the
phrase is justified by the cultural and artistic diversity of the time, it was a period of glamour and
prosperity for many. We see this with the invention of the low-cost Model T, flappers redefining
womanhood silent movies and fluctuating politics. The 1920s brought much change and with it
Canada experienced the revolution of changing politics and new ideologies, it was a necessary wave
of 'rebellious' liberation's and shifting views, a change fundamental to the future. These years for
Canadians were frustrating, wonderful, and hard. Soldiers returning from the war expected jobs, but were faced with unemployment, inflation and strikes. Inflation had doubled the cost of living where wages had not and those fortunate to be employed still faced immense financial difficulty. Many people joined unions for better pay and working conditions, 1919 saw the most strikes at a staggering three hundred and six, people were angry and discontented. The 1920s were a time of crime corruption and extreme poverty, yet by mid era difficult conditions began to improve. Foreign investors gained confidence in Canada and as a result new industries were developed, The twenties really did 'roar' and with this boom of change Canada underwent the transformation that was the gateway to the future.

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Saskatchewan assumes prohibition (1915) and shortly after prohibition becomes effective in Manitoba, Alberta and, Ontario (1916).
Canadian government controls the making and trading of liquor, for the duration of the war its production and importation into provinces is illegal (1918).
American prohibition act comes into affect (1920).
Height of success is achieved in early 1920s when imports are cut off from the outside.


Conclusion: The 1920s was characterized by abrupt and extreme changes, the spirit of the Roaring Twenties was marked by a general feeling of discontinuity associated with modernity, and a break with traditions. prosperous years for Canada and Canadians. Wages were up, unemployment was down and memories of the First World War were slowly being left behind.

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