Social Dichotomy of the 1920s

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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. Probibition during the 1920s is one of the many examples of dichomoty. During Prohibition, the manufacture, transportation, import, export, and sale of alcoholic beverages was restricted or illegal. Prohibition was supposed to lower crime and corruption, reduce social problems, lower taxes needed to support prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America. Instead, Alcohol became more dangerous to consume, organized crime blossomed, courts and prisons systems became overloaded, and endemic corruption of police and public officials occurred. The dichotomy in this is prohibition vs. legalization. Before prohibition went into effect, it was perfectly okay for people to have alcohol. But as the result of decades of effort by the temperance movement, alcohol was prohibited and the eighteenth amendment was adopted to the U.S. Constitution. After the war, issues of race weren't ignored. Black men had come back from a war were they were treated like men. They still weren't treated as equally as whites, but they were treated better during the war than they were back home where they were treated like objects. This gave them more motivation to demand equality when they returned. But after the war, white hostility towards blacks increased. This became a dichotomy when there was competition for low wage jobs between the blacks and whites. There was also black encroachment into white neighborhoods. The whites d... ... middle of paper ... ...ductivity shaped the development of the American economy in the 1920s. The nation’s industries shifted from coal to electricity. Mass production, electrification, and other innovations increased American productivity and established industries flourished while new industries developed. One of the most signigicant inventions during this time was the assembly line. This made hard work become less tedious and forever changed the lives of factory workers. Overall, the 1920s was a critical turning point in America's history.The dichotomies of the 1920s are examples of how things can change tremendously and have an effect on a whole nation. Most Americans started to think differently.They were tired of the normality. Even though some Americans wanted to reinstitute the normality before the World War 1, their ideas could not withstand the ideas of those with new values.

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