During the Twenties, Americans prospered and had access to many different ideas and subcultures through mass media and mass society, and mass production enabled the consumer lifestyle that is still a part of current society. The United States was politically a republican fundamentalist country by electing three republican presidents who all shared a basic ideal of old-world, traditional values. Finally, the economy and Americans saw an increase throughout the majority of the Twenties until the stock market crash of October 24th, 1929 (Davidson, 2006). Changes and Advances
The 1920s was a time of change for Americans socially, politically, and economically. American society expanded and evolved through the women’s movement, mass society, and mass production of goods. The women’s movement involved the acceptance of women wearing revealing clothing, working, and voting, which started the battle that would eventually lead to where women are and can be in society today. Mass society and entertainment aided in the new consumerism lifestyle that was spreading across America during the Twenties. The mass production of clothing, cars, and other material goods allowed more people to have more things, which perpetuated the consumer lifestyle. “Americans in the 1920s were the first to wear ready-made, exact-size clothing. They were the first to play electric phonographs, to use electric vacuum cleaners, to listen to commercial radio broadcasts, and to drink fresh orange juice year round,” (Mintz, 2007).
The political changes that occurred involved a solidarity movement toward a republican, nationalistic point-of-view. The first president elected during the Twenties, “Warren G. Harding's campaign slogan, “A return to normalcy,” aptly described American politics for the entire period,” (n.a., 2009). The mass media (e.g. radio and newspapers) made following and understanding the information about politics simpler and easier for the majority of Americans.
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