The Roaring Twenties
The 1920’s are commonly called the Roaring Twenties in the USA. The
name suggest a time of wild enjoyment, fun, loud, crazy and a musical
age. The Twenties showed a revolution in art, literature and music,
which greatly reflected the nations changing values. The economy was
prosperous, there was a widespread of social reform, new aspects of
culture were established, and people found better ways to improve
their lifestyle and enjoy life, such as the motor industry. The motor
industry boomed in the 1920s. Henry Ford's use of assembly lines to
produce his Model T car this meant prices fell. The car had cost $850
in 1908 but by 1925 Model T car cost only $290. By the end of the
1920s the motor industry was America’s biggest industry. As America’s
industries expanded many people had an opportunity to become employed.
Glass, leather and rubber were all required to build the new vehicles
therefore more and more industries were required to obtain materials
to construct. More and more families owned a car, and these became an
increasingly common sight on the streets of America.
In the Twenties, Jazz was becoming very popular. Americans sang and
danced to all of their favourite songs. With jazz becoming big,
Americans veered away from traditional song and began exploring other
types of music such as the blues. Jazz was introduced by the black
people who had migrated to America. Along with Jazz went new dances
such the ‘Charleston’.
Prior to the big boom, the industries in America had expanded
therefore more and more millionaires. In 1914 there had only been 7000
millionaires however in 1928 35,000 Americans had became millionaires;
this shows a growth in millionaires from 1914 till 1928.
During the period of 1900 till 1920 a majority of American have
Almost everyone in America listened to the radio. Most of the house
holds had their own radios. Those Americans who could not afford a
radio purchased it as an instalment. The program choice expanded
therefore the majority of Americans had purchased a radio.
New styles of behaviour had been introduced such as women who wore
their hair long, had ankle length dresses, and long cotton stockings.
These women who dressed in such a way were called Flappers. Flappers
were women who wore short dresses and wore make up. Eventually, women
were even granted the right to vote. The women of the 1920's strived
for a position of equality for both men and women in society.
Americans were finding new ways to earn a better living through an
overall period of booming business and higher wages for workers. Many...