This is a recap of the class
Note that these are notes, you need to do more research to prepare for your exams.
Changes during 1920s
The miracle of the Age: The Automobile
It was a new invention that imposed a new way of living, they enabled people to travel and to be constantly in motion. It followed the concept of Americans ‘conquering the minds’
It opened more job opportunities and helped people into the building of a modern proser life.
The man behind the car invention was Henry Ford, he sought to improve the economy, he brought mass production, therefore mass consumption and of course mass market. He was considered as a hero and people thought of him leading the new America rather than the politicians.
The Sexual Revolution:
The women during the Victorian Age were to please the men and take care of their children, however during the 1920s, the sexual revolution brought new features in the American families. The philosophy of pleasure was introduced. The changes touched the family life, the birth of children was now limited as the women were free to take contraceptions, it was however illegal from the eyes of religious men.
The Harlem Renaissance:
It was related to black people, as they established their own culture, they have brought a tremendous change in their community. It was an affirmation that America was a multi-cultured nation. The first aspect of this Afro American culture was music. They invented Jazz music and along with it came the notion of ‘The Roaring Twenties’
Jazz was a revolt that showed that the black people had more sensitivity than the white man.
Prohibition of Alcohol:
It was one of the greatest dilemma in America. President Hoover called it “an experience noble in purpose”
Indeed, the death rate from liver failure dropped, and no one was able to afford it. However this attempt to legislate morality was a costly flop.
Smuggling became a major industry. The making and the buying of alcohol was prohibited but not the drinking. Illegal brewers flourished.
Bootlegging was highly profitable. This prohibition worsened the situation as people craved more the ‘forbidden fruit’ imposed by the government. At the same time small black markets came to the surface and fights between gangs started emerging everywhere, what created ‘The Organized Crime’
Prohibition questioned democracy, a nation who promised freedom and liberty, is trying to impose and control the life of people. The WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) wanted to return to the old America by hook or by crook.