The 1920s

The Bright Side and The Dark Side

Introduction

Bloodied by the war and disillusioned by the peace, Americans turned inward in the 1920s. Americans denounced "radical" foreign ideas, condemned "unAmerican" lifestyles, and clanged shut the immigration gates against foreign peoples...The boom of the golden twenties showered genuine benefits on Americans, as incomes and living standards rose for many. New technologies, new consumer products, and new forms of leisure and entertainment made the twenties roar. Yet just beneath the surface lurked widespread anxieties about the future and fears that America was losing sight of its traditional ways.

The Dark Side