The Roaring 20s
The 1920’s were a time of prosperity, at least that’s what it looked like. In all reality it was a time of economic and social change. It was a time in which American morals declined and the government shifted to a more liberal government. Gone were the time off long dresses and the separation of the sexes. It became a time of flappers, bootleggers and gangsters. A time of big business and prohibition. Government seemed to take a backseat to business. This essay will show the decline of morals, the boom of big business and how the decade became the twilight of the Jeffersonian government.
Social changes were a big part of the twenties. One big change was the role of women. They went from “belonging in the home” to being in the work place. Women went to work because they wanted to be financially independent. Women also gained the right to vote. All of this brought about a new class of women known as flappers. Flappers were known to be giddy risk takers who drank, smoked, danced and even voted. They tended to have a short bob hair cut and wore make up. They were less interested in saving themselves for marriage and were more about being able to decide what they wanted to do when they wanted to do it. Another social change that came about in the 1920s was prohibition and their secret organizations that would go around the laws to give the people what they wanted. Prohibition was an amendment to the constitution that prohibited the use of alcohol, opiates, marijuana, heroin and cocaine. One way people went around the laws was to create speakeasies, opium dens and other secret social gathering clubs. At these clubs people would have to knock on a door and present a secret password or knock to gain entrance. Here they would drink or do the drugs that were prohibited.
Of course social changes weren’t the only big things to happen in the 1920s. Of course there was also a boom in big businesses. Thanks to the increase in inventions patent...
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