Essay On Cultural Changes In The 1920s

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At the beginning of the 1920s, the United States was still in recovery from the effects of World War I. People wanted to forget the devastation of the Great War and just have fun. The entire decade was filled with experiences of exciting social change and intense cultural conflict. Popular culture roared into life and the economy boomed. New technologies lead to innovation, soaring profits lead to affluence, and higher wages lead to a culture of consumerism. The majority of Americans experienced prosperity, thus generating an increase in spending and the enjoyment of leisure and entertainment. Radio broadcast, cinemas and live music venues flourished along with the growth of local towns into small cities. But unfortunately for some citizens, the United States was changing in unfavorable ways. Issues with foreign immigration, evolution, the Ku Klux …show more content…
Many rural residents uprooted their families and relocated to the city. As a result, the number of American city dwellers outnumber those who lived in rural areas for the first time in U.S. history.
Airplanes also became a significant part of American culture after stunt pilot Charles Lindberg soared to international fame after making the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean (from New York to Paris) in his single-engine plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. His achievement gave an tremendous boost to the rapidly growing aviation industry.
The Hollywood motion picture industry also emerged during the 1920s. Although movies were nothing new to Americans, the first “talkies” added voices to moviemaking which shifted the business of cinematic production into high gear. Glamorous actors and actresses soon enjoyed royal status and came to dominate American pop culture. It is estimated that, by the end of the decades, three-quarters of the American population visited a movie theater each

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