The 1920's: The Roaring Twenties

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The 1920’s, known as the Roaring Twenties, was a luxuriant decade characterized by technological advancement, economic affluence, unprecedented leisure opportunities, and consumerism. Urbanization and innovation shifted traditional values of rural societies to a new way of life. Availability of white collared occupations increased the replacement of blue collared jobs. Women achieved social transformations while experiencing their new sense of freedom. Contrary to the Roaring Twenties flourishing era, the prosperous period was also labeled as being a time of anxiety. This age obtained the frantic reputation due to the effects of the prohibition, a cultural civil war, and lack of government regulation. The first cause of the apprehensive atmosphere of the era is the Prohibition which caused increased criminality. The legal effort of the Prohibition, in dealing with social controversies and regulation of immigrant cities,…show more content…
The remodeling of a society of homogeneous people with similar mindset revived after World War I due to patriotism and xenophobia. As social change was flourishing, development of various ideas caused Americans to feel as if their traditional values were being threatened. The migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North became a threat to white Americans due to the expansion of black culture within society. African American introduced jazz and blues music and literacy movement, known as the Harlem Renaissance, to society creating uneasiness for whites. In result, citizen of Indiana and Illinois joined the Ku Klux Klan which represented the return of all traditional values modern ones replaced. Similar to this event, the Red Scare, Anti-Communist movement, encouraged the discrimination of immigrants by the use of severe laws which lead to the National Origins Act. This act set immigrant quotas in exclusion of some for in favor for
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