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The 1920’s

The 1920’s were a decade of enjoyment, employment, and for some disappointment. It was a decade classified as the “roaring twenties. ” Men returning from World War I had to deal with unemployment, wheat farmers and oil companies were striking it rich, new modern conveniences were being thought up, and fashion was a major issue among the rich. During the twenties the economy had a definite impact on the society. It benefited some, but hurt others. The people that benefited were the prairie farmers and the oil companies. The people who didn’t benefit were American soldiers returning from WW1.

Around the middle of the twenties, a wheat farmer was the person to be. Business was booming for all the wheat farmers, places like Europe, which were in war, were hungry for American’s wheat and contributed tremendous business to the American wheat industries. Farmers began making more money than ever before, and they started buying farm machinery to take place of their cattle and horses. Prices of wheat were at an all time high, which gave America’s wheat industry an even bigger advantage and a bigger form of money making in our economy.

American soldiers on the other hand who had returned from war were expecting to be employed when they returned, but not even after fighting for their country could they get a job. It was very hard to get a job because women and immigrants had taken them all during the war. American soldiers were surprised at how difficult it was to get a job. While they were out fighting in WW1, people who had business relating to military were striking it rich because of all the military equipment that was needed for the American army, to supply the soldiers who were fighting in the war.

Unemployment was something that white men had very seldomly dealt with before. During the twenties another discovery led to a rising economy for America. The oil industry struck it rich in Turner Valley Alberta, where a huge oil discovery took place. Eventually this industry would create new jobs and more money for the economy. America did have its good and bad times in the twenties, but most people benefited from the good times because of more job increases, and because of new industries such as wheat and oil.

Entertainment in the Twenties consisted of many famous people, it was n the twenties when a man by the name of Charlie Chaplain who was known for his “tramp” look, dominated the silent movie business. He was considered one of the most talented actors of the 20’s. Also during the 20’s radio was the popular for of listening to music and listening to the news. In the later 1920’s the television was created which now aloud people to see a picture in their home for entertainment, but the television did not surpass the radio entertainment wise, because most people were unable to afford it.

The 1920’s were filled with signs of raging new fashions. The loosening of fit and gradual downward movement of the waistline. In the twenties women could say and do what they please so in no time women were wearing make-up, changed there hairstyles to short and skirts gradually became shorter. While women were getting more daring in what they would wear, men tended to be more conservative, wearing double-breasted tuxedoes to dances and on a casual day wearing a nice suit. Also during the 1920’s a man by the name of Henry Ford created the assembly line.

He was also the founder of ford Motor co. creating the first automobile used by the average person. Fords assembly line was the key to his success in the automotive industry, because he was able to produce a mass amount of cars to lower the price so more people could afford them. Not only did the plant produce a lot of cars it also supplied thousands of jobs for unemployed workers. The automotive industry was a huge help on decreasing the unemployment rate. So as you can see the 1920’s or rather “The Roaring 20’s” was a very prosperous time to live in.

Some had to endure hard ships, but by the mid-1920’s the economy was booming and people were having a good time. Veterans had returned home and the unemployment rate was greatly decreased by the automotive industry. Many modern inventions were made, fashion changed, and women received more rights. Without the occurrence of the 1920’s in the way that it happened the United States wouldn’t be the same today. The 20’s inspired people to rebel, layback and have some fun. The 1920’s were a very influential time period in United States history.

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