The Main Features of the Roaring Twenties
By the end of the First World War America was regarded as the most
powerful and richest country in the world. In the 1920's the United
States economy was booming. This is a period of prosperity, when the
country's economy is doing well and the people are sharing in it. This
period was known as the 'roaring twenties'. In this period many jobs
were made more secure, many families had more to eat, electricity was
widespread, many people had more leisure time and most had more money
to spend. It changed the way people thought and lived their lives and
was a great difference to suffering that World War 1 brought Cities
were expanding outwards, and more and more people took advantage of
this. Normal citizens started up new businesses in entertainment
industry, which was proving to be very successful.
During the 1920's, more Americans lived in towns and cities for the
first time in the history of its country. New York was a popular
choice because of its huge skyscrapers, which became possible because
of the large number of people moving to cities to look for jobs. This
imposed a powerful symbol at that time. Many cities wanted to be just
like New York to show they were also sharing in Americas boom. Many
rural areas did not like this idea. They thought the 'boom' cities
were not following the prohibition laws and therefore they were
corrupt and full of drink and crime.
Entertainment played a huge roll for many people at the time. Workers
wages increased and the average number of hours worked a week dropped.
This meant there was a lot of people with extra spare time which was
channelled into the entertainment industry, benefiting the industry in
2 ways; creating more jobs which is what people from urban areas were
looking for, and creating a good profit for themselves This was a key
feature in influencing people into starting new business with new
ideas and thoughts being used and also attracted people into the
cities with an idea that they would be a huge fortune for themselves.
Radio was among a favourite. Most households now owned one. In
one-year (1921) radio stations grew from 1 to 508. NBC were making
profits of $150 a year. Jazz, was a popular type of music among many
young people. To them and many others, the 1920's became known as the
'Jazz Age'. New images became known and like cinema, new idols became
Cinema was devolving large industries around a city called Hollywood.
Films were produced all year round and new stars like Charlie Chaplin
and Buster Keaton became comedy heroes. The economic boom brought