America After World War One Essay

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The period following World War One was a very exciting time in American history. It was a time to finally let loose, have fun, celebrate, and enjoy all the wonderful things and “modern conveniences” that had become accessible to a wider variety of people. Since there were so many changes in life style, women’s rights, movies, automobiles, radio and fashion, America was transformed after World War One.
After World War One the life style in America changed, this time was known as the Roaring Twenties. During the Roaring Twenties women evolved, in this time it became more acceptable for them to smoke and drink in public. Women had closer body contact while dancing and they had a much ...view middle of the document...

Jazz bands played in dance halls and people had this new feeling of freedom on the dance floor (“The Roaring Twenties”). The new type of music played a large part in the Roaring Twenties inspiring people to be freer.
During the 1920’s women took advantage of the many new opportunities. Slowly women became more active in politics and believed it was their right to be heard and participate in politics. By 1929, the end of the decade, women were making progress by being represented on local, state, and national level political committees. Also by this time the journey had begun to political equality. Some women had different views. They believed women and men had their own separate roles and that they should not overlap. They also thought that women’s roles took place in the home, with the children, and with religion; and that man’s roles dealt with business and politics (Benner). In 1920 a change occurred, the nineteenth amendment was passed. It provided women the right to vote (“The Roaring Twenties”).
Cars played a large part in the 1920s. Early on, cars were very costly because they were built separately. They were considered to be too expensive for most Americans. They were thought to be luxuries. Henry Ford wished to make cars that all Americans could afford. He accomplished his goal by creating cars on an assembly line. In factories, the assembly line enables cars to be made quicker and easier (“America Turns Inward after World War 1”). This led to the mass production of automobiles. Gas was low in cost, which made cars more popular. Cars made it easy to travel and transport goods. Cars also encouraged Americans to spread out, because it was easier to get places (“Movies Become Big Business”). Cars provided a lot more business for motels and service stations. By the end of the 1920s cars had become a necessity (“The Roaring Twenties”).
Movies and radio also had a large effect on the 1920s. In the early 1900s Thomas Edison began making short motion pictures. The first movie sequence was The Great Train Robbery in 1903. But in the twenties the movie industry became big business. Movie theaters were in almost every town. A movie was a good source of entertainment for the rich and the poor (Mohler). Movies at first did not have any code of censorship, but shortly after, the public forced a code upon movies (“Movies Become Big Business;” Howard). Another form of entertainment was the radio. The radio brought the nation together. At first the radio only had local...

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