The Roaring Twenties

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The 1920s were an exciting and fascinating time in American history. An old Victorian nation had transformed into a vibrant, modernized America. Often called “The Roaring Twenties”, this time featured the famous slicked back hair, vibrant Flappers, and of course, marathon dances. From inflated economics to unprecedented invention, forces collided to produce the most explosive decade of the century. “The Roaring Twenties” encapsulates a captivating story that began with the return of young soldiers from the front of World War I. Those who had once courageously sacrificed their lives for America came home. They came home to adopt a new, regenerated lifestyle. President Warren Harding had inspired a resurgence of optimism and hope. So what was the next step in their lives? After dedicating themselves to the war effort, it was time to settle down. These men and women came back exhausted from the strenuous hardship of the First World War. They had absolutely no desire to work in factories or on farms. These veterans wanted to celebrate their victory from the war and reflect on their accomplishments. Perhaps, they could casually lay back with a newspaper or eat a bowl of popcorn while watching a classic movie. A revolution in social activities enabled The Lost Generation to inhibit a new careless lifestyle. American life was fundamentally sound. The typical American lived in the city rather on In the midst of repose, the world experienced many breakthroughs in scientific discovery and invention. America’s eyes were exposed to an unprecedented industrial boom and an accelerated consumer demand. The products that had once been unaffordable quickly skyrocketed during this time. Towards the early 1920s, the radio became popular means o... ... middle of paper ... ...stices of the Ostensibly, American men and women were well on their way through a tunnel of many good years to come. What was there to worry about? The Dow Jones Stock Index continued to increase exponentially. Stock speculation sky rocketed through 1928-1929. Therefore, no one ever suspected that this was a sign of the unforeseen end. Unfortunately, on October 29, 1929 the national economy spiraled downward into what became known as the Great Depression. The stock market had crashed and the American people were in panic. Nothing was secure and “The Roaring Twenties” were no longer in effect. America had entered a period of incessant oppression. Bread lines formed along the infamous Hoovervilles . The United States had become an isolationist nation trying to cope with despair. The country would have to go through many years of reparation and reconstruction.

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