1920s

All aspects

Prohibition

Churches, women, and people from the South and the West pushed for prohibition. They believed that it would create less absences in work, more moral lifestyles, and bring families closer together. Eventually in 1919, the 18th Amendment was passed which prohibited all activities dealing with alcohol. Although it was believed that this would make the country better, it was actually not successful because it brought negative things like the creation of the mafia.

Automobile

In the 1920s, Henry ford created the Model T, which brought the new invention of the assembly line and mass production. With the invention of the automobile, came new businesses like gas stations, garages, and drive-in movies. Along with places to go, it also increased the demand for rubber, glass, nickel, lead, and created the petroleum industry. The automobile created individual freedom by allowing people to go anywhere they wanted and at anytime they wanted.

Social Aspects

The 1920s brought many new inovations like technology. For example radios, refrigerators, washing machines, and telephones are things that brought new meaning and ideas to the social standing in this time. Along with technology came music. Jazz was the most popular type of music. With a new sense of fashion, such as hair styles, clothes, slang and dance, jazz was an important step to the new traditions of American culture. Broadway shows, radio airwaves, and the movie industry were also new things that came in the 1920s.

Prosperity

Many factors caused prosperity in the 1920s. Per capita earnings grew by 22% and hours of work and the length of work weeks were reduced. Also with the new concept of mass production came lowered costs. Consumer credit was a new thing that made it easier to buy things. And lastly mass advertising became popular