As a nation coming out of a devastating war, America faced many changes in the 1920s. It was a decade of growth and improvements. It was also a decade of great economic and political confidence. However, with all the changes comes opposition. Social and cultural fears still caused dichotomous rifts in American society.
In the period from 1920 to 1930, commonly referred to as the “Roaring Twenties”, the previously established values in American society underwent significant changes, shifting to materialistic and consumerist ideas. The members of the upper classes lived extravagantly, not realizing many of them were riding on false prosperity. There became a larger split between the upper class and lower class as the rich became richer and the poor became poorer. Money poured into the hands of opportunists who distributed and sold illegal alcohol. A shift in wealth allowed previously poor people to become wealthy. Women began to rebel against the previously established social norms and dressed differently. Racism was widespread during the 1920’s, becoming a reason for support for new legislation against other races. The prohibition of alcohol in the 1920’s backfired tremendously. Alcohol remained present in a “dry” United States. People met in secret in “speakeasies” controlled by gangsters and drank alcohol. The introduction of the new technologies in communication and transportation such as the radio and the automobile for the common person was a sign of industrialization. The conditions of American society, customs, law, and order began to deteriorate during the period.
The Potential for Success in America in the 1920's
In this essay I will be studying all sources to identify if the 1920’s
was a decade of progress and opportunity for all Americans. I will be
taking notice of the sources that provide evidence and will be
concluding to see if the statement above is backed with sufficient
In Source A we can see that there’s a picture of the Statue of
Liberty. This statue stood in the New York Harbour and would have been
the first sighting immigrants saw as they sailed over to America. It
was a symbol of opportunity as they arrived in America.
Paula Fass’s The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920's delves into the social and cultural climate of the 1920’s middle-class youth in America. Fass observes the multidimensional dynamics of the post-World War I society as citizens adjust to pertinent matters such as industrialization, prohibition and immigration. Amidst the ongoing social, political and economical issues of the early twentieth century, youth played an active role in contemporary life. Adolescents responded to issues through altering their habits, behaviors and viewpoints. Their responses became evident in the public setting and American culture evolved. The transformation of American culture was spearheaded by youth who questioned and went against cultural norms of past generations. Societal changes were visible through family, education, socialization, fashion and style and dating and sexuality.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the 1980’s? The crazy hair styles, the new and improved things that were being created made this time alive, and fun. To be born in the 1980’s would have a been a privilege, who wouldn’t want to be known as “The decade that defined…. “US!” The 1980s was a decade that began on January 1, 1980, and ended on December 31, 1989. This decade was a great social and economic time period for people living in the 80’s. The world was becoming more developed as well as everyone in it. This decade became the “Look at me” generation of status seekers. The 80’s made a new breed of billionaires and money makers. “The decade began with double-digit inflation, Reagan declared a war on drugs, Kermit didn't find it easy to be green, hospital costs rose, we lost many, many of our finest talents to AIDS which before the decade ended spread to black and Hispanic women, and unemployment rose,” according to Peggy Whitely of Lone Star College. Although this time seemed like all fun and games, there were many problems. People say we lost the meaning of “We” and it suddenly became “I.” Citizens were realizing that you couldn’t depend on others around you; they were coming up with new ideas, and inventions to allow things to be more efficient. Although the 1980’s suffered a huge change for the American people, the fads and fashion part of the people strived, as well as the inventions. These two things will be some of the most historical, yet fascinating parts of the 80’s generation in American History.
Teenagers in the 1920s had a lot in common with today's teens. Just as today's teens are celebrating a new century filled with excitement and promise for the future, the teens of the 1920s also celebrated the marking of a new century and all the promise of tomorrow. A popular activity among tweens and teens today is dancing. Artists such as Soulja Boy have come up with hit songs and all the right dance moves to go alongside the song. Teens in the 1920s also had dances that were new and provocative for the time, such as the Charleston, Tango, and the Shimmy.
Events of the 1930s had a big impact on our history. First, a prison fire breaks out in Columbus Ohio in the year 1930. Second, Spanish king is dethroned in the year 1931. Third, Herbert Hoover’s last day as president is a rough one in the year 1933. Fourth, Joseph Stalin rules the Soviet Union with ruthlessness and terror in the year 1936. Fifth, Adolph Hitler invades Poland and sparks a World War.
Great partying comes the loss of values and even the corruption of holidays. F. Scott Fitzgerald was a man who lived through a period of history filled with partying, this part of our American history is known as the roaring twenties. The roaring twenties was what seems to be the high before the crash, we had an economic boom and lived lavishly until the great depression. So far The Great Gatsby has portrayed the roaring twenties as a lavash ongoing party that is full of adultery, illicit drug use and loss of holidays and moral values. The plot of this story going from an adventure for Nick Carraway to a hell storm is the perfect depiction of the high and crash
The politics in the 1980’s was a decade with events such as the, charter of rights and freedom, then meech lake accord, relations of Canada and the U.S., as well as immigration played a big part in the 1980’s. In the 1980’s Canada’s charters of rights protected a person’s right to life, liberty, and security of that person. It also gave freedom to all religions, and guarantees certain rights and freedom that are considered essential in our society.
In 1932 Roughly 25 percent of the national workforce was unemployed, while the national unemployment average for blacks stood at 48 percent ( "The 1930s: Lifestyles and Social Trends: Overview”). Within the lower class African Americans had it the worst because of the racism during this time. People who lost their homes often lived in what were called Hoovervilles (Lehnardt). Hoovervilles were towns built on the edge of the city by the unemployed and consisted of huts and shacks. As well as living in Hoovervilles they used flimsy newspapers as blankets because many could not afford to buy real ones. The unemployed held street demonstrations to ask the government for jobs