Characteristics of the 1920s
Technology had a significant impact on the 1920s. Because of the development of assembly lines and other innovations, cars became one of the most important industries in the nation. This stimulated growth in the industries of steel, rubber, glass, tool companies, oil corporations, and road construction. As a result of the mobility of individuals that was made possible by the automobile, the demand for suburban housing began to boom. In the early 1920s, commercial aviation developed slowly but until pressurized cabins and the radial engine came into major play, this wasn’t much use until the 1930s. Major influence of gangs existed. St. Valentines massacre for example, where the murder of seven people between Al Capone’s men and a gang led by Bugs Moran. One of the characteristics of the 1920s was the talk about sex. This was made socially acceptable/fashionable by Sigmund Freud. Freud was most known for his theories of the unconscious mind. Although the sexual revolution didn’t begin with the sale of Trojan condoms in 1922. The term “flapper” was coined by H.L. Mencken. In the 1920s many people would dance for long periods of time but there was a rule where dancing partners had to be a minimum of 6” apart. Dance clubs became rather popular in the 1920s. Dance contests were nationally held and sponsored where new moves were invented, tried, and competed. Jazz music became popular for the times. Jazz music tended to be played my minorities. Mostly came up as improvised music, it has come to be called “sweet music.” The 1920s were tired of the war, reform and newness. The rate of change was happening too quickly for some. One time there would be horses to horse-drawn buggies, to cars. Cities possessed indoor plumbing and electricity was up and coming. Technology was rapidly evolving. Changing and evolving art was becoming offensive and not understandable by society; i.e. Picasso. Consumerism was linked to mass...
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