1920s Consumerism Essay

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The 1920’s can be described as the old way of life clashing with the new way of life. This time period was a reaction to what happened in the war. World War I and consumerism affected the United States in the 1920s because the economy fluctuated with good and bad change, professional and college athletics and the arts thrived socially, and culturally there was continued segregation for immigrants and blacks, women’s rights improved, and argumentative views proved hard times in America. Economically, the United States flourished at first after the war, but gradually fell into a depression. Agriculture ways prospers at first because the whole world was in debt, so the United States was feeding the world. This helped at first because farmers …show more content…
Everyone was so argumentative towards each other and did not like that other people had different views than they had. The temperance movement and the 18th amendment stopped the production and selling of alcohol and made it illegal. The Red Scare was against communists and the Palmer Raids started the deportation of communists to get them out of the nation. The United States was in an isolation period, which created the downfall of the economy and changed culture, too. Immigrants were not wanted in America at this time, especially since the gates were currently closed to them because of the isolation. Immigrants had unwanted ideas that people did not want to accept. Being an immigrant was undesirable, especially German immigrants because of the war. People insisted on immigrant restrictions in order to protect the country (Document 1). However, women’s rights started changing for the better. The 19th Amendment was passed and gave women the right to vote. It was basically a reward for winning the war because women helped win. Women had a new freedom: they were not always just in the kitchen and taking care of the children, they started getting jobs and using their intelligence for the better instead of keeping it inside of her own house (Document 6). Views were split on if the war was beneficial to America or if it was a downfall. The Klu Klux Klan was reorganized and terrorizing immigrants, blacks, and Catholics, the economy was failing, and there was a restriction on immigration (Document 7). There was a question if America had never gone to the war, would there be as much deterioration in the nation? Also, in the 1920s urban life was starting to become more desirable than country

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