The Roaring Twenties

Erik Walther

Consumer Economy

In the 1920's The nations wealth doubled, and it became a consumer society. Many Americans were uncomfortable with the change. One part of American becoming a consumer society was Installment plans. Installment plans where were people could buy things and pay with there credit. This means that they did not need to have a lot of money to buy things. They could pay a little bit each month.

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This was the first time in history america was a consumer society. Leading to massive debt from Americans. They thought they could buy anything they wanted. This was also an era where things could be afforded by everyone. For example, the radio, Refrigerator, and the car. Also the saying "keeping up with the Jones's" This saying comes from this era. Everyone wanted the next best thing and wanted to look better than the neighbors. Also this era with all the new technologies created leisure time and people could have fun more often.

This had a positive and negative effect on the 1920's. People were able to buy things and have new technologies in the average household, also have more leisure time to enjoy sports. It was negative because this was new to people so they didn't know how be smart with there financials and then this led to the stock market crash.


Entertainment in the 1920's came in many different ways. One way was movies. In the 1920's for the first time movies would have sound. This offered a way to express life in the 1920's. Also it was a chance for people to tell stories about things that happened in the 1920's. Some major films that came from that ear are Robin Hood and the Nanook of the North. Also films were more popular because people had more free time to enjoy these things.

A second big part for Entertainment in the 1920s was sports. Some big names are Babe Ruth- Baseball player, Bobby Jones- Golfer, and Jack Dempsey. These people became famous because with the advancement of all the new technology people could enjoy time to watch these sports and play them. It became a fun way to have fun.

I think this was a positive impact of the 1920's because it was part of the culture and people could go and enjoy things rather then be stuck at home. Films also are a positive impact because they are an avenue to address issues facing the times, and spread word about it. Sports are also a positive impact on the 1920's They gave people A time to have fun and this made people happy. Also with the explosion of entertainment people good do these things and not have to worry about there daily struggles. It was a break from everything that was struggling them.

The Great Migration

The Great Migration in the 1920's and 30's was the movement of African Americans from the south moving up north. They moved up north for economic advantages and freedom from legal discrimination. The three main places African Americans moved to where New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Even in the simplest jobs in the north you could get more money then the jobs in the south.

Although there was no legal discrimination there was still discrimination with employers. The employers would make sure western immigrants would get hired first,then eastern, and finally African Americans would get hired.

" Whites were the winners, blacks were the losers, we wrote the history books,and they didn't feature ." - Phillip Noyce.

This is saying that even though there were economic advantages in the 1920's for blacks. Their was still an undertone of racial discrimination. Majority of the racial of the blacks was the rise of the KKK.

I believe that the Great Migration of African Americans in the north was a major event in the 1800's. It was a major event because it exposed how segregation was in the north even though it wasn't legal. Also this gave the rise to many black communities in the north and changed how we viewed those areas.

Indian Citizen Act 1924

The Indian Citizen Act of 1924 allowed any Native American in U.S. territories to become citizens. Before this law was passed only Native Americans with less then 40% native american blood could become citizens.

This was a step in the right direction to Native American equality. Even though the native Americans could vote the state governments controlled all the rights they could have as being a citizen. So many did not have many rights.

In conclusion Native Americans could become citizens but there rights were minimal. In the 1920's it shows again how for some people this decade was great and for others it was a struggle. I believe that this is a step in the right direction but there are still many struggles to overcome. Furthermore the Indian Citizen act happened in 1924 and African Americans became citizens in 1860-70's. So Native Americans were considered even lower class then blacks. And there rights were taken away like when African Americans first became citizens with the black codes. Native Americans were the lowest of the lower class, and becoming a citizen was forced upon them to make them like whites and have them assimilate.