Social Changes In The 1920s

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Introduction The Declaration of Independence of 1776 asserted that all men are created equal and are endowed with certain unalienable rights among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However, the exhaustion of farm land by poor agricultural planning and the introduction of the assembly line reversed the flow in the 1920s. They helped to turn the migration of the people back to the city. Many farmers returned to the cities to work for such leaders of industry as Ford and Rockefeller. The American Dream indicated not about a better life but about wealth. Historians called the 1920s, roughly the period between the end of World War I and the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929, as the Roaring Twenties or a period of remarkable…show more content…
There was lots of something of the excitement and the changes in social conventions at the time. As the economy boomed, wages rose for most Americans and prices fell, which resulted in a higher standard of living and a dramatic increase in consumer consumption. Young American women also changed the way they dressed, thought, and acted in a manner that shocked traditional parents or partners. These changes were encouraged by the new mass media such as motion pictures. Many issues such as a call for women’s suffrage, the Harlem Renaissance, and a shift in the definition of class from lineage to wealth threatened the social basic status and the white male’s…show more content…
The number of cars on the road almost tripled between 1920 and 1929 by means of standardization and mass production. Two innovations also had a significant effect on price. For example, the representative mode of Ford, Model T was sold for $850 in 1908 but sold for $290 in 1924. Ford developed new management through the highest wages in the domain and better working condition, welfare capitalism, which dropped the rate of joining labor union. American industry could stimulate the mass consumption with proper advertising. The power of advertising also contributed to marshal public support during World War I. When peace came, ad agencies used newspapers, mass circulation magazines, and radio to effect consumption patterns. Advertising allowed people to delude difference between desire and necessity by manipulating facts with love, youth, or elegance. Purchasing products by credit, not money was also a powerful marketing tool, which led Americans' savings rate to drop in the 1920s, and allowed personal debt to
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