Indulgence in American Society in the 1920s: Changes in Society, Economy, and Culture

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EShabina Sandhawalia
Mr. M
US History, period 6
1/24/13
Excess in the 1920’s
Indulgence, to satisfy a desire or want is used to gratify a wish. In the 1920’s, famously known as the “roaring twenties”, everything became more exciting and cities were crowded and the Harlem renaissance brought the people together. Indulgence in American society in the 1920’s contributed to changes in society, economy and cultural.

Excess created change in society in the 1920’s because it brought them together. The radio for example has helped communities communicate, “Although major magazines and newspapers reached big audiences, radio was the most powerful communication medium to emerge into the 1920’s.” (p.44, Enrichment book) They relied on radios as not only communication but to have something in common. The prohibition act also cause a lot of change because men were over using alcohol which led to crimes, wife abuse and much more. This had made the crime rates increase, “The lack of a solid popular consensus for the ban resulted in the growth of vast criminal organizations, including the modern American and various other criminal cliques.” (Wikki) This widespread caused the disregard of the law and also generate rearing corruption among many politicians and within police forces. Showing how much they indulged these things changed society majorly.

The Roaring Twenties was a decade of prosperity and economic growth, but excess created change in the economy because the people relied on credit and new sources. “Increased incomes came along with the introduction of credit with no credit card.’ The new things out had made me people want to buy them with no money so they started to build credit but ended in debt. One of the main initiatives of Coolidge and Harding administrations was the rolling back of income tax raised on the wealthy from WWI. This changed the economy because it was a heavy tax burden on them. “Furthermore, Coolidge consistently blocked any attempts...
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