The Roaring Twenties

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Has there been a time more deceptive than the golden, roaring twenties? Perhaps that is the nature of things; what goes up, must come down. The mighty twenties, that vast number of technological advancements achieved is absolutely mesmerizing. This was an era that saw the evolution of cultures and styles. Jazz, flappers, speakeasies gave it a sense of ultimate freedom. This perceived notion of freedom was derived from the wealth floating around. The idea of anything ever going wrong was so far gone, everything was bright and rosy, and how could anything ever go wrong? That however is how it was perceived in the twenties. That which goes up must come down In 1917 the United States of America joined the Allies during the Great War. Despite many warnings from Woodrow Wilson, Germany did not succeed to the Allies. Woodrow Wilson was left with no choice but to send troops into Europe. The Great War was eventually won by the Allies. The war ended on the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of November eleventh. The war took many lives however two million soldiers did return back to the United States; their return sparked dawn of a new age. The soldiers are given pay, as a result the economy starts rising as these young soldiers are spending money like there's no tomorrow. The end of the Great War saw the rise of a new age; The Roaring twenties, there were those that embraced the frivolous, fast paced decade, while others denounced it. A decade of tremendous growth and prosperity; the decade gave rise to a new a spirit, a spirit of youth and freedom. To the older generation this new age, was a culture shock of sorts and quite vulgar in ways. The twenties had major culture changes; the nation was prospering like never before; a decade ... ... middle of paper ... ... of 1930 four point five million people were unemployed. Two years later in 1932 unemployment reached thirteen million. The United States was going through severe depression; consumer’s purchases are significantly reduced. Consumers felt a lot poorer, especially coming out of the roaring twenties. Human suffering after the crash was devastating; the standard of living had deteriorated tremendously. What goes up must then come down, a grace tragedy it is to see so many people's hopes and dreams being crushed, there is however a valuable lesson to be taken away from these two decades, many Americans had to settle in Hoovervilles, where life and the standard of living was extremely poor. America saw and felt what it's like to have it all and lose it in a single crash of the market. Unless the suitable precautions are taken, history will almost certainly repeat itself.

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