The Roaring 20's
By: James, Erica, Amber, & Trevor
Fads & Heroes
Babe Ruth was born on February 6th, 1895. He is remembered as one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Because there was an increase of excess leisure time during the 1920s, an age of sustained economic prosperity with distinctive cultural additions, people began to focus more on entertainment activities, such as baseball. Babe Ruth set many records, such as scoring 714 home runs in 22 seasons and having the most scoreless innings in the World Series, gaining him much attention from the public, allowing people to idealize him as a hero. Not only was he an exceptional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, he also had a reputation for having a good personality; he did not become pretentious because of his fame. Babe Ruth was known for his warm heart and his love for children. He regularly visited and helped out at orphanages. Because of his exceptional baseball records and kind heart, Babe Ruth became a role model for sport fanatics and the general public.
Birth of a Mass Culture
Culture Civil War
Passenger cars became commonplace, the railroad heavily decreased in use
Growth of suburbs outside of large cities was much more common due to cars being available to many more people
More all purpose roads were created
Electric utility networks experienced growth, and the radio and telephones increased communication, reducing rural areas
Henry Ford created affordable cars and the assembly line which was extremely beneficial to the nation’s economic as well providing jobs for thousands of people
- Stock prices rose far above realistic values in late 1929 which started the Great Depression
Mass culture greatly boosted the economy because it provided jobs for many people as well as better working conditions and higher wages. Henry Ford’s mass production of automobiles was a perfect example of this, as he created the assembly line and was able to mass produce inexpensive parts, which enabled him to provide many jobs for workers, as well as increase their wages. Also, mass production was becoming much more common in manufacturing and thus the nation’s economy as a whole was stimulated.
The revolution in communications and transportation technology helped to create a new mass culture and spread “modern” values and ideas by creating more leisure time for entertainment purposes, a fear of foreign powers, a questioning of modernist and fundamentalist beliefs, and new inventions of passenger cars and electrical machines. Many individuals achieved the status of becoming a hero in the 1920’s. Babe Ruth became a hero to the public because of his exceptional baseball record and kind heart. As people became more connected and leisure time increased, people became more aware of the entertainment aspect of life, focusing on fads and people like Babe Ruth. The advent of film and automobile cultures created a sense of connectedness amongst the people; driving became a normality because of lowered costs courtesy of Henry Ford, and Nickolodeons became staples of 20’s entertainment. Along with the rise of communism foreign nations, America became to fear them, suppressing them from spreading or converting any other nations to communism. Americans also began to question modernist and fundamentalist beliefs, changing the nation. During the early 1920s, the American economy was booming due to the increased manufacturing and the higher number of jobs available as a result of World War 1. The mass production of inexpensive consumer goods allowed for more jobs for laborers as well as higher wages, which in turn boosted the economy. However, the “get rich fast” American mentality led to the downfall of the economy towards the end of the decade because of over-investment and unprecedented bank loans.
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