Political Changes In The 1920s

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The 1920s also known as the “Roaring Twenties” is best remembered by a time period of change and rebirth throughout America. Before World War 1, the 1800s had been a time period of disagreements and conflicts, but also an industrialisation period of prosperity and growth. Towards the late 1800s the economy grew, wages and production rapidly increased. The opportunities that were available in America caused many to cross the seas in search for jobs and political and religious freedom. From 1861 to 1865 the United States was destroyed by the bloody Civil War which led to more than 600,000 deaths. The next decade was considered a ‘reconstruction’ period and some of the outcomes where the ‘Jim Crow’ laws and the ‘Ku Klux Klan’ which further on…show more content…
With the ending of World War 1 came an era of change and social agreements. Many amendments and acts were passed during the progressive era. For instance, the Prohibition also known as the Volstead Act and the 19th amendment were in effect during this time period. Prohibition advocates considered alcohol America’s National Curse and they had believed that banning alcohol would strengthen families, lower crime rate, and generally improve national character but it weakened the economy and thousands of jobs were eliminated (history.com staff). The prohibition of alcohol was very influential and important because it displayed that suppressing something such as alcohol can have the opposite effect intended and make wanting it more sought after. Another political policy that was created during the roaring twenties was the 19th amendment. The 19th amendment provided men and also women to have equal voting rights. It was ratified on August 18th, 1920, U.S Constitution granted a right known as woman suffrage. In the passage, “Woman 's Suffrage,” published by Scholastic, the author writes, “The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Although this equality was implied in the 14th Amendment (1868), most of the states continued to restrict or prohibit women 's suffrage.” The 19th amendment was very influential and changed American…show more content…
The life of Americans changed drastically due to political policies and the growth of performing arts and culture. Jazz music and dance surfaced during the Post World War 1 movement during the 1920s. World War 1 changed the status of women because they gained the right to vote in the United States when the 19th amendment was passed. But, when the Prohibition law was passed, life in America changed dramatically causing people to lose their jobs. The “Roaring Twenties” was a progressive era were many political policies were created and The Arts were very popular to
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