1920s: World War Ii and Consumerism

Topics: Great Depression, World War II, Unemployment Pages: 2 (671 words) Published: April 9, 2013
The 1920s have been characterized as a decade of economic, social, and cultural change. Analyze the extent to which the First World War and consumerism affected United States society during this period.

The Americans had just came out of the first World War and had entered a period known as the roaring 20's. They were going though intense economic, social, and cultural changes that put them in a system of great consumerism and isolationism. The first World War and spur of consumerism affected and changed American society to a large extent by ensuing a period of uncontrolled economic growth and isolationism. This large event can be seen through cultural, social, and economic lenses and through concepts such as consumerism, nativism, and crude economic practices.

American culture had been greatly changed in this time period. It had gone into a great period of consumerist-culture in which people bought things if they money or not. This culture had developed because of a lack of government regulation on the banks and thus the banks gave loans very easily and failed to check credit and thus consumerist-culture was allowed to flourish. It can be seen in Document C that consumer-debt rose just as consumer spending for recreation rose so it can be seen that Americans were willing to go into debt to purchase things that they didn't even need. It can also be seen in Document D that people bought things they didn't need such as the latest alarm clock. This change of culture wasn't the only culture that changed in the 20's. The Harlem Renaissance had started and Black-culture had also began to flourish. This led to the creation of homegrown American art and music and the new culture of do what-ever-you-want-whenever-you-want certainly played a part in allowing the Renaissance to prosper. In Document B, Hurst in 1919, explains that the men of color fought against the German oppression but how they didn't fight for their own race. The Harlem Renaissance did in fact play...
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