History of America 1920-1932

History of America 1920-1932

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The history of America 1920-1932 is mostly about the Roaring Twenties, a period of economic prosperity and cultural exuberance, especially in large American and European cities. In this heady new atmosphere, jazz and Art Deco flourished. Furthermore, America had come to dominate world finance, as its arms merchants and banks grew flush with profits from the Great War. As a result, prosperity became widespread. President Warren G. Harding had promised a return to normalcy in the politics of the United States, but had delivered more corruption.

But with corruption came creativity, and the 1920s was a period fecund with invention. This was abetted by advertising, which whetted consumer appetites for automobiles, telephones, movies, radio, and household appliances, especially now that people were able to buy them on credit. With new wealth, bold new trends in lifestyle emerged: flappers and vamps in short skirts, short hair, and red lipstick. And the new mass media was obsessed with sports heroes and Hollywood stars, and crowds filled the capacious new cinemas and stadiums to see them. Aviation grew from the bi-planes of the war into passenger airlines, and Americans became newly mobile and free.

Accordingly, the spirit of the Roaring Twenties would become that of breaking boundaries. Women won the right to vote. Technology, automobiles, movies, and radio brought modernity to most of the nation. While elegance reigned in fashion, cars, and architecture, the Jazz Age banished the anxieties of the wartime era. Few had reason to expect the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the many years of hardship that lay ahead in the Great Depression.

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1920-1932 Index | Society: ConflictProgressivismSportsWomen | Culture: LiteratureMedia | Religion | Power: Warren G. HardingCalvin CoolidgeHerbert Hoover | Economy

1920-1932: Index


Society: Conflict

Society: Progressivism

Society: Sports

Society: Women

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Culture: Literature

Culture: Media


Power: Warren G. Harding

Power: Calvin Coolidge

Power: Herbert Hoover


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