Industrial Advancements In The 1920's

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Leading up to the 1920s, advancements had been made in terms of economy, industry, and technology. In this time, numerous technological advancements were developed such as the railroad, new weaponry, and telegraph lines which were an early link to modern long-distance communication. This technology not only enriched society and the war effort, but it also played a role in the economic success that took place in this time. Industrial advancements such as the assembly line and the rise of individual industries (such as the automobile industry) worked alongside these technological advancements (and the attainment of money from European countries) in order to fuel one of the largest economic booms in American history. It is common opinion that…show more content…
Although in modern times opposition to issues such as the wage gap is heavily supported by women, in the 1920s, women were pushing for much more basic rights. One such issue would be women’s suffrage, which was rallied for at events such as the Seneca Falls convention, the first women’s rights convention that was organized in 1848. Conventions and protests such as this one played large roles in the creation and enforcement of policies such as those outlined in the 19th amendment, which granted women with the right to vote after a timeless battle and opened up the future to the attainment of more rights for women. Along with suffrage, other smaller rights were given to women like the right to dress and act in ways that may not have been seen fit in earlier years. During the 1920s, many women decided to cut their hair short into bob cuts. Mary Garden, a famous singer at the time, cited that “[she] consider[ed women] getting rid of [their] long hair one of the many little shackles that women [had] cast aside in their passage to freedom”…show more content…
Amongst its many other names, the 1920s are commonly referred to as the ‘Jazz Age’ due to the rise in popularity of jazz music. Jazz music introduced a whole new genre of music to America which had never been seen before in terms of its upbeat tempo, improvisational nature, and inherently American roots. This music was largely a factor added to breakdown the social inequalities of the time seeing as all people alike enjoyed jazz. Women and men of all races danced and enjoyed jazz, and some of the best jazz artists of all time (including Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong) were African American, which was a very progressive leap from earlier times in which African American people were looked down on and taken advantage of by others. Before the 1920s, art styles such as Victorianism were largely popularized in which Victorian inspired art was created. This art had a large French influence and was valued based on its beauty and vibrant colors. In the 1920s, the Victorian style was replaced with Art Deco, a style of art that flourished in the 1920s. Art Deco was a very minimalist style of art which was used in art as well as fashion, furniture, and architecture design. This style was largely a representation of the social and physical liberation that many Americans had felt at this time and the modernist ideas of

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