The Importance Of Life In The 1920's

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Known as the “Roaring Twenties,” the “Jazz Age,” and the “Golden Age,” the 1920s were the beginning of prosperity and productive times in America. After WWI, which ended in 1919, the USA became the wealthiest country in the world. This was because the USA was the main provider of weapons, food, and other life necessities for the Allies. As of result, America’s financial status grew. With the money that was accumulated, new inventions were introduced. These inventions developed a new way of life, along with new popular activities. Many fads came about, which includes toys, hobbies, entertainment, and a new way of life. In the 1920s, the life of children changed greatly. Although many children were employed in the early 20s, child labor laws …show more content…
While most men and women worked, women were still considered as housewives. Women were still in charge of providing for the family by cleaning, cooking, and taking care of their children. Men were considered as the main provider, as they are today as well. Although work and family life were big parts of adult’s lives, many had hobbies. These hobbies included reading, going to live events, and watching movies. In the ‘20s, the authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway were the most popular. Books by F. Scott Fitzgerald include The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, and The Beautiful and Damned. As for Ernest Hemingway, the most popular books were The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms. Along with this, live events were popular as well. Adults went to see jazz players, dance performers, and plays. Although the audience was white-only, the performers were both white and African American. The most popular destinations for live events were all in Harlem, NYC. This includes Connie’s Inn, the Cotton Club, and the Apollo Theater. Most of these locations had a set-up of round tables with chairs surrounding a dance floor or stage. Adults usually smoked, ate, or drank non-alcoholic beverages because of prohibition. Other than live entertainment, adults took part in a strange activity called flagpole sitting. People would compete with one another to see who could sit at the top of a flagpole for as long as possible. The creator, Alvin Kelly, set the record for 49 days straight. However, most adults did not pursue the hobby to that

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