Between the 1870s and 1920s, America went through various periods of advancement in the workforce. It began in the Industrial Revolution where America expanded through one of the most profound economic revolutions experienced by any country in the world. It was a period of time where there was an abundance of resources, increasing labor force, international market for manufactured goods and ways to invest in the capital. This radical transition from an agricultural based economy to a booming industrialist one with factories, mining and railroad construction brought forth a new working class. This working class consisted of men, women, children and immigrants who poured in from all over the world for employment.
As a nation coming out of a devastating war, America faced many changes in the 1920s. It was a decade of growth and improvements. As immigrants fled from Europe, the economy improved, and new machines offered convenience and luxury from the kitchen to the streets. However, with all change comes opposition. The 1920s revealed a conflict between traditional America and the new attitude and lifestyle through the changing role of women, continued dominance of Christian values, and racism.
The 1920’s were a booming time for the United States. Massive change was occurring and this led to a lot of new types of conflict about different reasons than ever before. The war had just ended and with that started a new era of people who unlike before had different morals. This was one of the biggest conflicts of the time. During the 1920’s the biggest cause of conflict were the old generations vs. the new generations because of the rapidly changing morals and the new ideas being accepted by society. This also led to a lot of changes in the United States as a whole with the result of us being more open to new ideas and new freedoms. There were some major reasons for some conflict in the United States during this time and they all were connected to the idea of old vs. new.
Technology played a vital part in helping America become the great economic and cultural success that it was during the 1920s. New advancements, new discoveries, and new inventions improved American lives in every imaginable way but not without a few negative side-effects. As mentioned earlier, the automobile really came into play during the 1920s by making traveling a common thing for anyone who could afford a car (Trueman, 2000). Henry Ford started the Ford Motor Company, which began to mass produce affordable automobiles known as the Model-T. Ford's Model-T car became such an irresistible success that by the end of the decade, there was almost one car per family in the United States (Bruce, 1981). The automobile seemed to give people a type of new freedom, but the automobile also proved to be a dangerous item in the hands of many irresponsible people who loved to drink during the 1920s. The washing machine, telephone, and radio made their arrival during the twenties. People were discovering life to be far easier than the previous generations because of technology, but they were also slowly being driven into an industrial nation. People were lured
After the end of world war I in 1918, Europe was left ruined economically, physically and politically. In 1919 a year after the war take place, nations in Europe were struggling to get out of all the mess they gain from the war. As a matter of fact America only fought for a year and several month therefor U.S was left unharmed by World War I. This reality put America in head start for inventions and technologies for the next decade . During that time many inventors and technologists rise and make different important technologies that we still use them. In general, technologies in the 1920s helped American people to reach at the peak of comfortable living comparing to the standard of living of those
There is a fine line between what American society looked like during World War II and contemporary America. The dilemma is that society has gone from patriotism and a fight for liberty to “everyone walking around with a chip on his or her shoulder” (Carr 2). This two distinct differences on America culture and society is manifested in, Howie Carr’s “Take $2000 and Call Me in the Morning” and Ronald Reagan’s speech, “The Boys of Point du Hoc”.
The 1920s were a period of tension between new and changing attitudes on the one hand and traditional values and nostalgia on the other. What led to the tension between old and new AND in what ways was
As a whole, the 1920’s was a symbol for social rebellion. Prior to the 1920’s, women were conservative in regards to how they dressed; most never showed any ankles or anything scandalous. During this time period, women began to now change. After watching several actresses in theaters act in movies, women began to act like the actresses that they watched. These women, called “Flappers,” drank, smoked, and dressed in what was scandalous back then. Women also rebelled against their traditional domestic roles. Before the 1920’s, women would just pretty much strictly stay at home or work in factories with poor conditions. During World War I though, women stepped up and had to work the higher paying jobs that the men worked, which opened many new doors to women. They now had jobs
Tension between the old and new not only occurred on an economic level, but as well as a religious level. As people began to turn more and more towards science to answer their questions, unbelievable amounts of strain arouse. One of these great conflicts was the Scopes Monkey Trial, also known as The World's Most Famous Trial. There were basically two conflicts present within this trial: that of the fundamentalists and the Darwinists, and that between the accepted beliefs of the time, and the new ones that challenged them. The standard belief was to accept what society and the Bible dictated. The difference in mentalities between the prosecutor, William Jennings Bryan and the defense attorney, Clarence Darrow, is seen when Bryan states that he himself "believe[s] everything in the Bible should be accepted as it is given there," and that "some of the Bible is given illustratively" [DOC C].
Life Changes of Americans in the 1920's In the 1920's many American lives were improved greatly, but some lives were as bad as they had been before. The economy was booming, with cars being mass produced, and many other consumer goods such as radios, were widely available. Also more jobs became available, and many people recieved a par rise. However there were bad things such as racism about.
The 1920s was a huge time period for the United States. Modern technology such as automobiles, radios, and advertisement had taken America by storm. Rural areas were on the decline. American cities had attracted not only rural and urban citizens, but also people from all over the world. In America during the 1920s, citizens struggled with accepting other races and ethnicities into their widely populated country.
The 1920’s right after WW1 was the age of new technologies with soldiers wanting to come home to a more prosperous life and that could be fulfilled with all of the new technology. The automobile is one of the biggest achievements in technology although they had already been made in Germany but when companies like Ford came to America. It revolutionized transport because not just rich people could afford a car but lower class people could too. Another amazing advance in technology was the radio because more people could hear the same things and be aware of what's going on. They were not just for news they also had entertainment with sports and stories that provided just as much excitement to them as to us with television.
The primary motivation seems to be to increase the strength of the domestic economy by first expanding overseas and facilitating as many countries as possible to trade with the US. Indeed, the US wanted to help rebuild Europe in order to build good markets for US not for humanitarian reasons. The clearest example of this comes from Assistant secretary of state Dean Acheson whilst testifying before a special congressional committee on post-war planning. He stated “When you look at the problem… it is a problem of markets.” This seems to be the clearest indication of the US’s motives, especially given the nature of the hearing. Gaddis claims that ‘The policies they actually followed did less than one might think to advance it [capitalism].’ However
The decade of the twenties and sixties was full of social transformations and an example was that society was more open to talk about sexuality and everything is thanks to Sigmund Freud who in his work explains the import, development, and instinct of Sexuality, among others. Women were more exposed to the public sphere by having more opportunities and independence, gaining the right to vote and changing their dress by introducing a new style of clothing called the Flapper style. Ordinary women began to wear makeup. The goods and publicity had a great increase and the silent films became popular. On the other hand, in these decades there was also repression and prohibition an example was that the crusaders of purity wanted for the exhibition
Throughout the twentieth century, both World War I and World War II significantly impacted American society in several ways. From 1917 to 1918, the United States’ involvement in World War I began an increase in the number of women in the workplace that would steadily continue throughout much of the twentieth century. The United States once again played a major role in World War II from 1941 to 1945, and this war is actually seen as a turning point for women in the workplace. During the two world wars, women workers were impacted by discrimination, the danger of the work they completed, and the portrayal of women in propaganda during both world wars, and yet the different time periods of the two world wars led to differences in how women