Wars Changes Things, And Big Wars Change Things A Lot

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Andrew Adair Mr. Ruane American History 7 April 2016 The 1920s “Wars change things, and big wars change things a lot.” That statement became all to true for our society in America. The 1920s was the first modern break through from the olden times before the war, to the new modern times that we still see in effect today. Let us first dive into and examine the reasons how the so-called “roaring twenties” came to be. It began with many events leading up to the decade; one of them was the ending of World War 1. On November 11 1918, Germany and the other central powers signed a truce to put an end to the 4-year war. Americans everywhere were celebrating the victory and the future looked bright for the people of this country, as for there was a…show more content…
Unemployment temporarily rose over 11 percent. Herbert Hoover at the time was the commerce secretary and had success in convincing many major industrial leaders to voluntarily increase production and wages in order to pull the battered economy out of its slump. By 1922, America pulled itself out of the hole it was in and began to grow at a pace no one could have envisioned. From 1922, until the great depression in 1929, the United States economy prospered and grew in many ways. There was a large housing boom following the end of the war, which led many people to the sunshine state of Florida as well as numerous other states. The housing boom created many new cities around the country, which allowed thousands of job opportunities. Some big innovations to name were the emergence of the radio, Henry ford’s model T. The entertainment business grew and improvements of medicine and advancements in technology and science took place that we can still see the effects from today. With the economy rising, people had much more disposable income to spend on things like entertainment. The entertainment industry grew as Broadway reached an all-time high with playwrights like Showboat, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein and many others. Movies become extremely popular during this decade with around 75% of Americans attending a movie theater weekly. Some of
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