The Roaring 20’s: The Flapper Decade
The 1920’s was a century of change, of jazz, flapper skirts and parties. The government was conservative; however the public were more for the parties, the alcohol, and the new electronics arriving in that era. Many owned auto-mobiles, radios, telephones all of which helped connected people. Even though the conservative government passed prohibition laws, the people of the public still enjoyed their lives and drank alcohol illegally. In addition, the century of change began with the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. Also, jazz music became very popular and basically became the flapper’s party anthem. The men began shaving of their facial hair. The “Roaring Twenties” represented the parties, the alcohol, the jazz and the ragers. The girls took more risks than their mothers. Their mothers represented the quieter, second class women from the past century. These girls could vote and if they looked provocative enough can even give their opinions of the government. They were the flapper generation with short skirts, and short bobbed hair. The more men they danced with the more popular they were. Their parents however only danced with one person at social events. The jazz music represented a more casual, jive feel to the century and to the parties. However, even with the social scene being the modern decade we know as the “roaring twenties” the government was known for being very conservative. Warren G. Harding the president from 1921-1923 was a republican that was elected based on his main statement “return to normalcy” which initially meant being a conservative government. He wanted the US to turn back to before world war one and decided on being isolated from entangling alliances. This plan of isolationism from before the ’20’s was also held along to the next president “cool Cal” Calvin Coolidge. Also the 1920’s were known for the decade of prohibition which meant no consumption, selling and buying alcohol. The...
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