negatives in the 1920s

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The 1920s were not such a positive time period in the US history. What made the 20s negative was farmers’ hardships, the overuse of credit, and re-rise of the KKK. American farmers were able to make profits during WWI because demand for war products was high. After the war, when everything returned to normal, demand for farm products also fell. Farms and factories that were prosperous during the war now faced difficulties to sell their products. The value of farmland also dropped. The 20s were a sad decade of failures for farmers. And, in the slowing economy, returning soldiers had a hard time finding jobs. During the 1920s, Americans were exposed to a variety of new inventions and products. People loved shopping, but some things were just too expensive to afford at one time. So they came up with installment buying, which allowed them to pay for something over time in small payments. Buying on credit means to borrow money and pay back later with an interest. With this new credit system, people felt for the first time that they could get anything they wanted. What they didn’t realize though, is that many were getting into debt from borrowing too much money, and their overuse of credit would soon lead to a decade of great depression. The KKK was originally a terror group against African Americans. It had faded for a number of years, but it reemerged after the war with new targets, Jews, Catholics, and other types of radicals. Members of the KKK believed that only “white” America is the true America. The revival of the KKK brought hatred to the country, and caused harm to many Jews and other innocent people. The 1920s can be compared to the time of the Gilded Age. It looked good on the surface, but underneath it had a lot of problems. Farmers’ hardships, overuse of credit, and the KKK were some of the problems of the
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