Essay On The Roaring Twenties

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The Roaring Twenties The 1920s were a time of dramatic economic, social, and cultural change. Some referred to the 1920s as "The New Era", indicating a time of peace, optimism, and normalcy after World War I. Others have referred to it as the "Roaring Twenties", indicating a view of celebration, prosperity, and immense change in the social fabric of America. However it is defined, it was definitely a period major of changes in many aspects of American life. The economic growth that occurred during the 1920s was remarkable and there has not been growth like it since. The automobile industry exploded which had a domino effect on the rest of the nation's economy. For instance, with one in six Americans owning a car by 1929, this decade…show more content…
With the success of the 19th Amendment still blowing in the sails, the women of this decade took on a new air of liberation. The National Women's Party pushed for the Equal Rights Amendment and the League of Women Voters pursued legislation that would favor women, such as federal assistance with prenatal care. With the advent of switchboards, telephones, and typewriters, women moved into the workplace into what are known as "pink-collar" jobs. The introduction of washing machines, vacuum cleaners, and other household appliances created more time for women to pursue personal pleasantries such as department store clothing and cosmetics. Due to the explosion of magazine publications, films, and radio, women began internalizing new ideas regarding child rearing, their roles as wives, sexuality, and even began using birth control. A widely known female symbol of the 1920s is the "flapper" which is typified as a young woman drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, dancing, and wearing revealing clothing. Although this was actually not typical of women in the 1920s, the idea of unprecedented freedom for women was enough to make it desirable for most young women during this period to express themselves in new
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