The Culture of the 1920s in America

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The 1920s, often referred to as the Roaring Twenties, was a time of great change and a time of powerful enthusiasm in many areas of society. The world had just finished the biggest war in history, the First World War, and the United States was left almost unharmed by the war. The United States was able to experience a decade of peace and success following the war. During this decade, America became the wealthiest country in the world (Trueman, 2000). The people in the United States went through a colorful period during the twenties. However, at the same time the 1920s was also a very rebellious and difficult time for many. The culture of the 1920s has influenced the culture of America’s society today.
Overview of the 1920s
“The decade of the 1920s is often characterized as a period of American prosperity and optimism” (Scott, 2007). The twenties was also a time of mass consumerism as the American Dream turned from honor and hard work to the dream of acquiring material things for hard work. The decade was a time of people making homemade alcohol, passing the prohibition, and the beginning of the automobile age (Scott, 2007). Women began to dress more relaxed and revealing. Also, college students were gaining attention by performing outlandish pranks. The 1920s saw the real start of the moving picture, as well as the very first flight across the Atlantic Ocean (Trueman, 2000). The twenties is often seen as a period of great advances as the nation became urban and commercial. However, at the same time the 1920s was also a time when racial tensions began to build and the nation became biased towards different ethnic people. The Klu Klux Klan emerged again during the 1920s. Author, Gregory Brown, illustrates in The Black Holocaust S...

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