Christianity vs. Science
John Dillinger. Not a gangster in the Capone/O’Banion sense, Dillinger a prolific bank robber with ties to Chicago. Dillinger got started with petty crimes, like stealing chickens. He tried his first robbery at 21; it did not go well – he was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. After Dillinger was paroled in 1933, he was again jailed after a bank robbery, but was broken out of jail later that same year. Dillinger and his accomplices robbed banks, and they did it with style. They would use ruses and phony stories like they were bank alarm salesmen or film directors looking for locations for a bank robbery scene. Dillinger and his men roamed the Midwest, stealing more than $300,000 from dozens of banks. Dillinger’s main hideout was in Chicago, and reports say that only weeks before his death he attended Chicago Cubs games. After a set-up, Dillinger was killed by the FBI at the Biograph Theater in Chicago in July of 1934.
There was an economic recession in 1921 but it was allowed to run its course without political interference and as a result it was over in 18 months. As the economy picked up, easy credit and speculation created stock market and property bubbles that had devastating effects when they eventually ended.
People living in the cities and areas of industry benefited most from the increased prosperity although there were argument to the contrary. Those living in rural areas did not benefit to the same extent, and this was made worse by widespread drought. This encouraged population movement from rural areas to cities, a trend which has continued down to the present day. In 1926 alone the Department of Agriculture calculated that the nett migration in favor of the cities was over one million people.
Shoppers were able to buy big ticket consumer items like cars, fridges, washing machines, pianos, vacuum cleaners, furniture, and radios on time payment. Previously, these expensive items were only affordable by the wealthy. About half of all instrumental debt was for automobiles. It was estimated that 75 per cent. of all automobiles, 85 or 90 per cent. of all furniture, 80 per cent. of all phonographs, 75 per cent. of washing-machines, 65 per cent. of vacuum cleaners, 25 per cent. of all jewelry, and the greater part of all pianos, sewing-machines, radios, and electric refrigerators, were sold by partial payment. About $140,000,000 worth of clothing was also sold per annul on this plan
New technologies rose in this time in which people were interested in buying, such as automobiles, which provided a great way for people to travel as well as socialize, and radios, toasters, electricity, along with plumbing that had made life easier for Americans (http://www.angelfire.com/co/pscst/tech.html).
Also during the 20's three Republicans occupied the White House: Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover. Harding was inept, Coolidge was mediocre, and Hoover was overcome by circumstances he neither understood nor could control.(http://www.cliffsnotes.com/more-subjects/history/us-history-ii/america-in-the-twenties/politics-in-the-1920s)