The Roarin' Twenties

Camden Baxter-Baronas

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The Prohibition

Ban of the manufacturing and selling of alcohol by the 18th amendment.


Side effects included:


  • Bootlegging
  • Increase in crime
  • Gangsters
  • Increase in drinking
  • Organised crime

Social Life

People went to the movies, the theater, clubs, and the massive sports stadiums, as well as listened to the radio. Airplane displays became a major interest, and many went out to parties.

Home Life

Some people decided that the traditional way of living should be changed, while others believed that it should stay. This caused two very different versions of home life: the strict traditional way and carefree consumerism way. Houses were changed by the help of labor saving products and luxury items.

Women

Women were given the right to vote in the 19th Amendment, which passed in 1920. Many women could now go to college, learn to drive, or get a job with it's own pay. New, modern fashions became short fringed skirts, bright colored sweaters, bobbed hair, and make-up.

Flappers

Flappers were female nonconformists who wore make-up, would go drinking and smoking in public, and acted in an 'unladylike' fashion. They could be recognized by their short hair, make-up, and short fringed skirts.

The Economy

Middle class Americans became very prosperous due to the US's switch from the war effort to commercial products. Between 1921 and 1924, wages rose by about 22% and nation’s GNP grew to $93 billion.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald is the author of The Great Gatsby. His wife, Zelda Fitzgerald, was a famous flapper.
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