Effects Of World War I Ended On The 1920s

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When World War I ended on November 11, 1918, President Warren G. Harding proposed “a return to normalcy”. This promised a return of the United States prewar mentality, without the thought of war contaminating the minds of the American people. With this in mind, the 1920s began- but Americans in the 1930s witnessed dramatic changes in their lives from the 1920s. The 1920s was a period of prosperity and economic success, while the 1930s was a time of economic downfall. The economy fluctuated between times of great prosperity and times of undoubtable depression. Following these economic downturns was a period of rigorous attempts to recover from severe economic loss. It did not take long for this economic hardship to lead to some more…show more content…
They contributed to society with innovations in music and literature that promoted the cultural growth of America in the 1920s. Also, this helped feed the “Harlem Renaissance”, a cultural movement that spanned the 1920s in which black art, literature, and music experienced renewal and growth, originating in New York City 's Harlem district. It was a period of great achievement by African American writers, poets, artists, and performers. Similarly, the 1930s was occupied by the ability of African Americans to get jobs on Works Progress Administration projects because discrimination was banned by Executive Order 7046. During this time, a multitude of African Americans received wages from the WPA twice as much as their prior earnings. Another program that aided African Americans was Harold Icke’s Public Works Administration. This program provided to black tenants a more than fair share of the public housing it built. Additionally, Ickes utilized the quota system by Public Works Administration to hire African Americans in proportion to their numbers in local workforce (Document 8b). All in all, the two decades emphasized how there was an encouragement of minorities. Moreover, multiple new occupations were opening for middle-class women. Once they got out of schools and colleges, they dove into all manner
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