History: The Roaring Twenties

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The Roaring Twenties I. The Roaring Twenties altered the everyday lives of many Americans. Many more people listened to music, women became more liberated, and there was a rise in the number of people smoking and drinking. The list goes on and on. Many major events took place in the twenties like women getting the right to vote, the ratification of the 19th Amendment (Prohibition), and the publication of “The Great Gatsby”. As a whole the Roaring Twenties were pictured as a time of independence and freedom. Along with the rebellious tone to the era, the Roaring Twenties were a time of modifications to society as well as a period of convivial prosperity. II. The spreading of jazz music…show more content…
The Immigration Act was put into effect at a time of extremely high racial tension. 2. It made the U.S. become an environment of xenophobia and anti-Semitism. 3. Jews, Chinese, and Eastern Europeans were the main groups affected. D. The Great Migration was the time when large numbers of African Americans migrated from South to North to escape poverty. 1. Once the got there these people were forced into all black neighborhoods. 2. The movement of all these people had a big impact on the Harlem Renaissance in Harlem, New York. E. Prohibition was the action that made the manufacture, transportation, sale, and consumption of alcohol illegal. 1. When rule enforcers and officials began to notice the growing wildness of people, they blamed it on alcohol which led to the creation of Prohibition. 2. Illegal bars called speakeasies became all the rage. 3. This also led to bootleggers, people who made and supplied people with illegal alcohol. 4. Although it didn’t happen in the twenties, Prohibition was repealed in December 1933. 5. To this day Prohibition remains to be the only repealed amendment. F. With the banishment of alcohol also brought a high spike of organized…show more content…
Many notable changes in fashion and sports occurred during the Roaring Twenties. A. Types of fashion for both men and women have changed since the 1920’s. 1. The stereotypical image of a women in the twenties is a flapper. 2. The typical young woman wore short dresses and skirts, lots of makeup, and most sported the bob hairstyle. 3. The typical outfit for a man consisted of formal suits, morning coats, and frock tails. 4. Younger men were more relaxed with their style, wearing lounge suits with loose cuts for enhanced comfort. 5. For swimwear women wanted to expose as much skin to the sun as possible without breaking social rules. a. A bathing suit for a women was a tunic style top over long knickers, the equivalent of modern day bathing suit bottoms. b. The other option was a one-piece ensemble made from cotton or wool. 6. Men started wearing “topless trunks”, modern day swim shorts, typically with a belt. B. With the amount of free time people had at an all time high, sports became a popular pastime. 1. In the 1920’s Americans spent 200 million dollars on sports equipment. 2. Baseball was a favorite in the Roaring

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