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The Roaring 20s
Transcript of The Roaring 20s
Out of the prohibition came the rise of Gangsters who controlled, participated in, and facilitated everything from Gambling to Bootlegging to Prostitution to Bank Robbery or even Assassinations.
The 1920s lead to many developments in technology, social norms, and a short lasted prosperity. Many changes occured in this time, some were good; the new focus on leasure and self care, and some were bad; the carelessness of it all. The 20s were time like no other where the mind sets caused by world war created an era we will never forget and in many ways lead to the america we have today.
The Roaring 20s
"Gangsters" and Organized Crime
The rise of Hollywood
The movie industry lead to the rise of Hollywood.
Hollywood lead to a new cultural phenomenon; Actors and Actresses were given a lot attention for the first time
Before this time, Movie actors and directors were given as much attention as any other desk job.
The first studios were made.
"The big five"
20th century fox
"The little three"
The studios made movie companies succesful. Better studios, better movies
First talking movies
Movie theaters evolve into movie palaces.
these sat 3,000 and had place for an orchestra.
Around 800 movies were created a year in this era.
Many of today's Mens fashion trends can been seen paralleled in the 1920's "Gangster" attire.
Extravagance glamor and fun became the moral.
films helped the morals of americans stay high when depression came to be.
Actors who made it, made it big.
3,000 failing actors in 1920
times of prosperity for some but poverty for more.
C.E Toberman (Mr. Hollywood)
late teens early 20s
a real estate developer who brought the city of L.A to fame.
similar to 1960s and 70s but in greater amount.
Art in Hollywood
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Novelist and author
Depicted the "Jazz age"
1929 hit Hollywood hard.
glamor vanished for investors.
The 1919 Prohibition sparked a business
that the gangsters of the 1920s thrived on. People still wanted to enjoy alcohol and the criminal lifestyle and shady storefronts already notorious to mobsters made for a pair that sprung the gangsters to new wealth.
The illegally distilled liquor was much more dangerous to make as well as consume, but forms of more refined moonshine still exist in today.
Speakeasys were secret bars run by criminals that people could drink in, it is estimated that between 20,000 and 100,00 existed in New York City alone. The hidden pub theme has made a large resurgence in the last few years, now legal there are around 25 in Denver alone.
"All I do is to supply a public
demand… somebody had to
throw some liquor on that thirst.
Why not me?"
Because gangsters were well known and relatively open criminals, they began the glorification of the criminal lifestyle. Fast cars, nice clothes, copious money and partying were and are still seen as common social extravagances.
The steady cash flow from illegal and legal business allowed a new level of glamor. Chains and diamond watches were worn by gangsters as expressions of wealth and the same happens with public figures today, specifically rappers.