Social Changes And Social Change In The 1920's

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The 1920’s was the decade many raved about. Exciting new social changes and cultural differences began. During this decade there were clashes over alcohol, manners, morals, and over the rise of cities and evolution. It was all a matter of political and social change. Many people began moving into cities rather than living on farms. (History.com staff; “The Roaring Twenties”). Although many young people chose to celebrate and make the twenties roar, the 1920’s brought more conflict than celebration. After the recession of 1921 and 1922, the U.S went into a time of economic expansion. The technology, organization and economic growth all made a change for the people during this time. The shortwave radio was a way for people to communicate …show more content…
These new ways lead to the image of a Flapper, a modern day woman who liberated her lifestyle found in expression in dress, hairstyle, speech, and behavior. Flappers played a major role during this decade.(BBC; Roaring Twenties) Flappers were urban, single, northern, young, middle-class women who held steady jobs during the day but by the night, they interacted in the active and extravagant nightlife. Artists and novelists started to show discontent in their works, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, his example with his attack on American obsession material success in The Great Gatsby, which exemplified flappers and the economy of the 1920’s. Soon the new and improved culture did not replace the old one; it simply ran alongside each other and would compete. The 18th amendment that passed in 1919 and started January of 1920 banned alcohol. Prohibition supported by churches and women, was one of the last ripples in the progressive reform. Prohibitionists were naïve in that federal authorities had never been able to establish a law where majority of the people were against it. Speakeasies soon replaced saloons. Many would purchase stock amounts of liquor before the prohibition and would drink after the prohibition in …show more content…
The other side was fundamentalist; regional largely rural men and women fighting to preserve traditional faith to maintain the significance of religion in the American life. The fundamentalists insisted that the Bible be interpreted and be completely opposed to all teachings of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. In the middle of the 1920’s, the fundamentalists began to forbid the teachings of evolution in public schools. This caused problems for

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