American Culture : The Roaring Twenties Essay

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The 1920’s was given the nickname “The Roaring Twenties” for several reasons: this decade was a turning point in entertainment, economics, women’s rights, and other subcategories of American culture. Many of these changes were positive, but financially, Americans began spending money they did not have, as credit was introduced. The Twenties offered new freedoms that many took great advantage of, but with that freedom came responsibility. Like the old saying states, Americans were give a yard and took a mile.
The 1920’s was a decade of change and excitement, especially for women. Before World War 1, young women wore straight, long skirts and very modest high necked collared blouses. Very long hair in a neat bun at the top of the head was uniform among what were known as the “Gibson Girls” (“Flappers in the Roaring Twenties”). During World War 1, women had to step up to serve their country at home by filling the shoes of the men overseas. In order to make their wardrobes more practical, many women shed their corsets and heavy under layers in favor of simple, thin dresses with the hemline right below the knee. Many old fashioned people thought this transformation was an act of rebellion, but that attitude was more associated with a different group of ladies: the flappers. The term “flapper” was used Britain after World War 1 and referred to a baby bird flapping its wings to leave the nest, an analogy of a young woman on the brink of adulthood. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author…

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