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The Roaring Twenties

Final Project for American History; first unit-The 1920s
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Maggie Olin

on 26 September 2012

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Why were the twenties roaring? The Roaring Twenties POLITICAL CHANGES "Cars are getting snazzier, and bands are getting jazzier." -Thoroughly Modern Millie Social Changes of the 1920s Economic Changes PEOPLE OF THE 1920s The 1920s were roaring because of all the cultural changes that happened throughout the decade. It was a time of freedom, in a place where anything was possible. Speakeasies were common in the 1920s. They were secret clubs where alcohol was sold illegally. In the 1920s, women's clothes and behavior changed drastically. Women who wore short dresses, hair, and makeup were called flappers The were a lot of social changes during the 1920s. Cars and radios were becoming popular, jazz was the music of the decade, and women started working.
People were brought together by the invention of the radio. Everyone assembled to listen to sports, news, and concerts. It became a new American pastime.
Jazz became "the music" to listen to. Artists like Louis Armstrong, and George Gershwin got their career started in the jazz industry. Jazz was often the music that played in speakeasies.
In the 1920s women got the right to vote, due to the ratification of the 19th amendment, and started working. They also received a paycheck. Some women became a little rebellious. Their skirts and hair got shorter, and they spent a lot of time in Speakeasies. These women were known as flappers. The Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie Thoroughly Modern Millie is a famous Broadway musical. It's a story about a woman in the 1920s trying her best to fit in with the times, after she moves to New York City from Kansas. Louis Armstrong George Gershwin One of the most defining changes of the 1920s was the 18th amendment, or the Prohibition. This banned alcohol and closed every bar and saloon in the US. Americans of that age still wanted to drink, however. Legally or not. speakeasies were places where liquor was sold illegally, and enjoyed by almost everyone.
Women had come a long way in the 1920s, politically and otherwise. Once having only very domesticated roles in life, the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote. Alice Paul
Women's Suffragist Al Capone
Organized Criminal Women's suffragist Alice Paul Alice Paul dedicated her life to women's suffrage in the 1920s. She was a member of the National American Women's Suffrage Association, and was a leader in protest. She led an enormous parade of women through the streets the day before Woodrow Wilson was elected. To get her point across she, she lit a fire in front of the White House. After her tireless effort, women get the right to vote in 1920. Henry Ford
Inventor of the Assembly Line Organized Criminal Al Capone Al Capone was one of the more infamous organized criminals of the 1920s. He was more commonly known for illegally selling alcohol, or bootlegging. When prohibition came about, Capone took advantage of the lack of alcohol, and started selling it illegally. He was also responsible for murders, and other major crimes that later landed him in Alcatraz. Maggie Olin and Emily Weaver B2 Inventor of the Assembly Line Henry Ford PLAY THIS VIDEO AT THE BEGINNING, TURN YOUR SOUND UP, AND ENJOY! FIN Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Co. revolutionized the mass production of automobiles during the 1920s. Although he did not invent the car, his creation of the assembly line made it possible to for them to be mass-produced. This ensured that everyone in America could now afford an automobile. Ford's ideas not only helped to change the transportation systems in the US during the 1920s, but also brought whole new techniques into the making and selling of anything in mass quantaties. The 1920's saw a big boom in the economy, where everyone seemed to be employed and have money to spend. The 1920's economic strength was one of the most influential driving forces for the new freedoms and ideas of the era. This was short-lasting though, and the Great Depression, beginning almost overnight, had world wide consequences.
Inventions such as the assembly line by Ford also had a tremendous effect on 1920's economy and life. Automobiles and other previously expensive items were now being sold for much cheaper and were much more available. This added to the idea of the 20's as a time where anything was within reach.
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