Roaring Twenties

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The Roaring Twenties

The decade of 1920-1929 was a time of great change, reform, improvement, adjustment and alteration of everything Americans had come to rely on. In other words everything changed. Not one part of common life was unaffected. Exciting new events happened in sports, entertainment, science, politics, communication and transportation. It was the age of prohibition, it was the age of prosperity, and it was the age of downfall. The twenties were the age of everything. It has been called the decade of enjoyment, employment, and for some, disappointment.

The 20's were a decade to remember and it had an impact on the people living through it. During the 1920s the United States was in an economic high point. Following World War I people had more money to spend due to the wartime boom in the economy. People were able to buy products on credit, and pay small installments later. This process allowed people more freedom to purchase items, such as refrigerators, radios, and cars, when previously they had not been able to. The 1920s got its reputation as the "Roaring Twenties" from the economy in part because the economy was booming, and people were purchasing products on credit and stocks on margin. All this exchange of currency created a boom era or a "Roaring" period of time.

In sports, athletes were being identified as heroes for the first time in history. This was the time of great athletes such as Babe Ruth. American Football reached the professional leagues and Illinois superstar recruit Harold "Red" Grange attracted huge crowds to the new leagues. In fact, Americans held dominance in most professional sports including golf, tennis and boxing. Some sports brought in millions of dollars in profits at each event!

In music, the Jazz Age came about with artists like Bessie Smith and Duke Ellington. The "Jazz Age" came with dances such as "the Charleston". Jazz and other forms of music became an important way of expressing...
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