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The 1920s was a decade of exciting social
changes and profound cultural conflicts. For many Americans, the growth
of cities, the rise of a consumer culture, and the so-called "revolution
in morals and manners" represented a liberation from the restrictions
of the country's Victorian past. But for others, the United States seemed
to be changing in undesirable ways. The result was a thinly veiled "cultural
civil war," in which a pluralistic society classed bitterly over
such issues as foreign immigration, evolution, the Ku Klux Klan, and race.
1920s is commonly thought of as a hedonistic interlude between the Great
War and the Great Depression, a decade of dissipation, of jazz bands,
raccoon coats, bathtub gin, flappers, flagpole sitters, bootleggers,
and marathon dancers. According to this view, World War I had shattered
Americans' faith in reform and moral crusade, and the younger generation
proceeded to rebel against traditional taboos while their elders engaged
in an orgy of speculation.
fact the decade was both a decade of bitter cultural tensions as well
as a period in which many of the features of a modern consumer society
from the 1920 presidential election
Handouts and fact sheets:
of the 1920s
Your Knowledge About the 1920s
Rebellion Against Victorianism
An analysis of the social and intellectual transformation during
Hawley, The Great War and the Search for Modern Order
A highly readable interpretation of the period.
Clara Bow’s vivaciousness helped define the new woman of the 1920s.
This film tells the story of a shop clerk who wins the heart of her
rich employer because she has “it”: "that quality possessed by
some which draws all others with its magnetic force."
and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
Library of Congress materials from the 1920s that document the
widespread prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition
to a mass consumer economy, and the role of government in this