How Far Did Freedom and Hatred Both Exist in American Society in the 1920s?

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How far did freedom and hatred both exist in American Society in the 1920s? The intense economic growth in America in the 1920s swept the population into an unfamiliar consumerist society. For the first time, more people were living in cities and so attitudes inevitably changed sometimes for the better but sometimes for the worst. America claimed to be ‘the land of the free’ but this was not always true for everyone. Although the 20s brought new ideas, these ideas might not always have been in the interest of providing a free nation for all and indeed may have caused increase hatred in society. The first world war did not directly damage American society and in fact was beneficial as demand for American goods increased. As a result of this there was a huge amount of technological and industrial progress. An example of this is the motor car industry which provided huge amounts of freedom. The Ford production line meant that prices could be kept low and this, coupled with a generous credit system, led to huge numbers of cars being sold; in 1929 there was one car for every five Americans. As well as the freedom of travel, this particular industry allowed several other businesses such as service stations to develop creating more jobs and therefore more freedom. As well as this, the development of labour saving devices such as the vacuum cleaner meant that people had more free time. One group that was particularly effected was American women. By 1920, the 19th Amendment had been passed meaning women could vote. Furthermore, increasing numbers of women worked white collar jobs such as stenographers and could therefore afford to contribute to the growing consumer economy. More wealth meant more freedom and the fashions of the times reflected this; corsets were swapped for loose fitting and comfortable ‘flapper’ dresses, women smoked in public, wore make up and
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