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Effects of World War I and the Roaring Twenties
Transcript of Effects of World War I and the Roaring Twenties
Effects of World War I
--Creation of the League of Nations
Causes of Economic Boom:
The use of the assembly line in factories and the car created mass production and widespread consumption
Minorities and women filled the void
for jobs during the war, but were forced
out of them when the soldiers returned
--Loss of equality/opportunity for women and blacks
--Brief recession, then economic boom
30-50 million dead worldwide
thanks to WWI...
U.S. had more money to invest in industry than Europe
thanks to the Republican presidents...
"Laissez-faire" economics encouraged growth in businesses
Fordney McCumber Tariff Act (a toll on imports) encouraged purchasing of American goods
and thanks to Henry Ford...
Americans were wealthier and had more
free time than ever before...
Radio and sports were
The "New Woman"
Women demanded more control
over their lives and more rights
19th amendment voting rights
Birth control limits family size
Household appliances make chores easier
...but this was SOME women in the cities...
definitely not the ladies on the farm!
2) Lost Generation
--the loss of morality and a sense of
aimlessness "why am I here?"
--WWI caused people to question
what was true and whether morality
was worth having
What's the price of wealth?
3) Clash of Culture...
Modernists embraced change
wary of it
Scopes "Monkey" Trial 1925
creationism vs. evolution
Volstead Act enforces it
Resurgence of Ku Klux Klan
Growth of African American
Music and literature displayed culture, joys, and sorrows of African Americans
Themes of 20's: 1) Mass Consumerism
African American culture grows
and moves north...