The Roaring Twenties
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
One of the most common things that are thought of when people hear the 20's are flappers. A flapper is, "a fashionable young woman intent on enjoying herself and flouting conventional standards of behavior" These women liked to have fun and brought joy to many women by inspiring them to do the same. During this time many women wanted to be rebellious. They consumed alcohol and smoked, even though that was thought to be the role of a man. Wearing heavy makeup and knee high dresses were popular among flappers as well. In my opinion this was a very good thing that happened during the 1920's because these women were eliminating double standards and motivated other women to do the same in other ways such as now taking on the man's role.
Photo Credit: "Flapper applies Lipstick" March 2, 2011. Licensed under public domain at Flickr.com
Photo Credit: Meagan L. Ragan. Licensed under public domain at Flickr.com
Photo Credit: Coral Lacey. Licensed under public domain at Flickr.com
The Automobile Age
The 20's was also nicknamed the automobile age because during this period Henry Ford came out with the Model-T. This was an event that made the 1920's roaring because it allowed people to do things they never knew was possible. They could now vacation, live in the country because they could drive between work and the city, and it also used the assembly line which created a lot of jobs and cheaper products. The automobile also gave teens freedom to go out and socialize with their friends. Another huge thing is it restored some of the farming aspect of American life by giving people the opportunity to again travel back and forth from town, which wasn't as efficient before. In the end the automobile shows a very bright period in the 1920's because Americans could now do things without the boundary of transportation.
The Scopes Trial
The Red Scare
St. Valentine's Day Massacre
The 1920's are often over-glorified, but it is stories like these that people don't know about or choose not to speak about. After this project it makes me question how 'roaring' the twenties really were, there were some good things but it my opinion the bad outweighs the good during this time period.